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Old 02-21-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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I am planning a vacation/check out the area to see if I want to move down there trip 2 weeks from now, what are the rules and regulations for fishing? Can I just bring my fishing pole down there and toss it into the ocean or do I have to register and all of that good stuff first? Thank you!
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Toledo, OH
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Definitely need a license. Also, only certain species are in season.

I enjoy reading this from time to time:
Tampa Bay, Florida Fishing Reports
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:28 PM
 
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Yes, if you are the type who just wants to fish then Tampa Bay is great, you can fish almost anywere, mite not catch a lot of eating fish but for some that is not what fishing is about.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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You can and should pick up a free copy of the fishing regulations wherever licenses are sold, such as the sporting goods counter at Walmart. Note that there are separate booklets for freshwater and saltwater, be sure to get both.

Non-resident licenses are $17 for 3 days, or $30 for 7 days for freshwater, and same prices for saltwater licenses. Lots of exceptions and rules so get the free booklets.

And don't forget to spit on your bait.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:51 PM
 
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spit on your bait??
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:23 AM
 
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Someone in Pinellas told me that you don't need a license if you fish on shore...meaning NOT on a boat...
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Someone in Pinellas told me that you don't need a license if you fish on shore...meaning NOT on a boat...
Florida Residents and Visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the "exempted" groups of people listed below. Your license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity. Replacement licenses cost $2.

A fishing license is required to attempt to take fish. If you cast your line, catch nothing, catch and release, or catch and keep and you are not a member of one the groups listed below; you need a license. A saltwater fishing license is also required to attempt to take any native or nonnative marine organisms, such as crabs, lobsters, and marine plants.
Licenses and permits are required to help or assist in the take. Someone who is passively participating (setting decoys, calling birds or baiting hooks), whether actively fishing or hunting or not, must have a license.

You do not need a recreational hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license or a *Florida waterfowl, migratory bird, deer, turkey, snook, spiny lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzleloading season permit or *management area permit if...

You are a child under 16 years of age (also exempt from federal duck stamp requirements).
You are a Florida resident age 65 or older possessing proof of age and residency or possessing a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. Residents age 65 or older may obtain, at no cost, complimentary hunting and fishing certificates from county tax collectors' offices.
You hunt or freshwater fish in your county of residence on your homestead or the homestead of your spouse or minor child, or if you are a minor child hunting or freshwater fishing on the homestead of your parent.
You are a Florida resident certified as totally and permanently disabled and you possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing License (hunter safety requirements apply).
You are a resident who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you are not stationed in this state, and you are home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
You are hunting wild hog on private land.
You are observing or filming someone else who is fishing or hunting and you are not assisting (setting decoys, calling birds, etc.) in the take in any way.
You are a disabled veteran or active or reserve duty military service member and his or her immediate family members and an assistant who are participating in a permitted outdoor recreational event, for which the Commission has issued a Military/Disabled Veteran Event License Exemption Permit to the event organizer.

In addition to the exemptions listed above, you do not need a freshwater fishing license if...

You have been accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities External Website. The agency must furnish proof to such clients.
You are fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or less which is located entirely within the private property of its owner. A fish pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.
You are fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or more, whose owner has purchased a fish pond license Not a Mobile-Enabled Link at a fee of $3 per surface acre.
You possess a Resident Freshwater Commercial Fishing License Not a Mobile-Enabled Link.
You are fishing in the St. Mary's River or Lake Seminole (but not including tributary creeks in Florida) and have a valid Georgia fishing license.
You are freshwater fishing during Free Freshwater Fishing Days Not a Mobile-Enabled Link.
You are a resident who is fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism, and you are fishing for noncommercial purposes in your home county. However, you must have a valid fishing license to fish by any method in a fish management area.


http://myfwc.com/license/recreationa...eed-a-license/
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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spit on your bait??
Yes, if you want to attract fish to it.
Try it on every other bait, I guarantee results.

Might not work for tobacco chewers.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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You willl need a law book to know what to keep and all that crap.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Safety Harbor
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You can fish without a license on Fort Desoto Gulf Pier. I believe you can also fish the Skyway Piers without a license. Most commercial piers pay a yearly fee so you can fish them also without a license.
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