Florida is known for its sandy beaches, oranges, and sunny weather. It is also known for its plentiful salt water fishing opportunities. It is important to realize that when you are fishing in Florida’s waters that you are governed by Florida laws for up to three nautical miles of the Atlantic Ocean, and up to nine nautical miles on the Gulf of Mexico. Once you extend past those distances, federal law rules you. If you need to know the current laws, it is recommended that you check with the Florida Fish & Wildlife. That is the best way to stay up to date with fishing laws.
The first thing that you will need to do so that you may enjoy Florida salt-water fishing, is obtain a saltwater fishing license. You can purchase a saltwater fishing license at your local county tax collector’s office, or through fishing tackle and bait shops. Licenses are sold to Florida residents, and you will need to show proof of residency. You may also purchase saltwater fishing licenses online or by telephone. Non-residents may also purchase licenses. These are typically sold in either three-day or seven day license formats, although they may also purchase a yearly non-resident license.
Residents may also choose to purchase a lifetime license. These are a great way for those who know that they will continually be fishing to make sure that they have all of their bases covered. You’ll actually discover that if you purchase lifetime saltwater fishing licenses for your children, that you will save money. However, children under the age of 16 do not need a license.
You also don’t need a license if you are a Florida resident and are saltwater fishing for fun. This includes fishing from a pier, bridge, dock, or on land. There are many other situations in where you may fish without a license. Again, the best way to determine the laws that are applicable for your particular situation is to contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.