Florida Fishing Regulations

Florida Fishing Regulations
Florida is a wonderful place to go fishing – and thanks to the warm climate you can enjoy it any time of the year. Whether you are a native of the area or you just happen to be around there for fishing for a while you should become familiar with the Florida fishing regulations. They information is very informative and it can help you to get the best of your fishing experiences.

If you don’t want to hassle with the fishing regulations inside and out, you can also consider hiring a fishing guide. They are going to be very familiar with all of the guidelines out there. They will be able to offer you inside information about limits of fish, sizes, where to fish, and other regulations that you need to be aware of. They will even know where you can legally fish and those locations that may be off limits.

If you live in Florida or want to go fishing on your own around there you will find the current, up to date fishing regulations for this area at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They offer a publication that you can get for free annually. A great deal of the information will remain the same all the time. However, there are items that change annually so don’t assume you have it all figured out.

The website online is very easy to navigate and you can read all of the statewide fishing regulations. You can also search by certain keywords so if you need more information on a certain topic you will be able to find it. You may need to find out the difference in regulations between fresh water and salt water fishing for example.

You can also find information about any species of fish that you may be interested in catching. The bag limits and size limits aren’t the same on all of them so you really need to know what you have going on. At any time during your fishing time an officer can come check what you have going on.

There is information about the various types of bait and lures that you can use in areas of Florida for fishing. Stocking reports are great to look over as well. They can often tell you where some great fishing locations will be.

Many of us don’t know all the types of fish out there either. You can look over the guide in this area so that you know what you have reeled in. You may want to carry a copy of those regulations with you so that you can see a visual when you bring in something that you don’t really know what it is. Then if isn’t one that meets requirements you can toss it back into the water.

If you plan on fishing from a boat there are Florida fishing regulations that pertain to that too. They are very big on conservation in Florida and that often means that there are stricter boating compliance laws in place. There can be huge fines for those that don’t stay in compliance – and they are often out of compliance for accident so don’t leave that opportunity open.

You want to make sure your boat has the right safety equipment on board too. There are boater education identification cards required. In the Florida fishing regulations you will get details about what you need to do in order to successfully fulfill those requirements.

You will need a fishing license in the state of Florida. You can buy them for 1 day, 3 day, or annually. It all depends on what you plan on doing. The fees for the licenses as well as the age information can all be found in those fishing requirements. Keep in mind that fishing without a license is an offense that will cost you three times as much as just dropping in to get that license so don’t go fishing without it.

Anyone over the age of 16 needs a license in Florida. Those that are over 65 and live in Florida are exempt. There are discounted rates for those that are disabled or those that are military personnel. If you meet such criteria you will be able to get information in those fishing regulations about how to apply those discounts and special requirements.

If you can’t find the information you really need in the Florida fishing regulations, you can contact them directly too. They are always willing to help in order to help the balance for wildlife and humans to be met.

You can find Florida fishing regulations online, in booklets where they sell fishing licenses, and at most sporting good stores. You never want to be in violation of the Florida fishing regulations due to fines so you need to make sure you fully understand what your obligations are.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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