FISHING CALENDAR FOR FLORIDA
TO NAME BUT A FEW!
regulations with regard to keeping fish that you catch in Florida are complex and as a
friend advised me recently ,he said jokingly "always take your lawyer with you".
One thing for sure is that you need the latest copy of the Florida State
Regulations with you. Each year it appears the regulations change and the state
of Florida has on the Gulf Coast jurisdiction out to 9 miles and on the Atlantic
coast out to 3 miles.
Some species like
Snook also have a period of time when they may not be caught at all i.e. this is
closed season. Furthermore it is also ILLEGAL
TO BUY OR SELL SNOOK. Some species are in a class known as a PROTECTED SPECIE
category , such as certain types of shark i.e. Sawshark, Basking and Whale
Sharks. Other types of shark catches are limited to one shark per person with a
maximum catch of one fish per boat.
also is one other category that's requires what is known as a TAG. This is a
permit that allows you to catch Tarpon. In the case of Tarpon you are
required to purchase a Tarpon tag to posses a tarpon with the bag limit
being two per person per day. Now if that is not complicated enough two species
are aggregated together in terms of a bag catch. These are the Banded Rudder
Fish and the Lesser Amberjack. You may keep not more than five fish per
angler per day being between the sizes of 14" to 20". There are some other
species you are prohibited to retain. As an example Nassau Grouper, Sawfish,
Spotted Eagle Ray and the Goliath Grouper (Jewfish).
Well I hope I have not put
you off coming fishing in Florida with our regulations, but the fishing is great
because we have conservation. In the UK & Europe they are still to wake up to
the fact that QUOTA'S do nothing for CONSERVATION and anglers there still do not
have bag limits. When will the EEC see the light. Hopefully before it's to late.
I expect you will be coming
just for the sport and so returning your catch to fight another day will further
help with our conservation. Our aim is to preserve stocks and our sport here in
Florida for the future of others.
for fishing licenses, that's not your worry as we obtain all those for you and
they are included in the charter fee. The vessel also has the necessary reef &
pelagic permits to fish in the Gulf as a charter boat.
for on this page by
"Sport Fish of Florida" by Vic Dunaway
ISBN 0-936240-16-4 Price
$16.95 from most good Tackle Shops.
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gathered from various resources such as books & websites.