Information on Saltwater Fishing in Florida

Things to know before you go!

The following article appeared in Fishing Lines - the newsletter which is a quarterly newsletter from the Division of Marine Resources of the Department of Environmental Protection of the State of Florida. The article that follows was copied from Issue 5, January 1998.

You Do Not Need a License If You Are:

A Florida resident fishing from land or a structure fixed to the land - a pier, bridge, dock, floating dock, jetty or similar structure - but not from a boat.

A Florida resident who is 65 years old or older.

A Florida resident who is a member of the U. S. Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. This does not include family members.

A Florida resident who is fishing for mullet in fresh water - with a valid Florida fresh water fishing license.

A Florida resident fishing for saltwater fish in fresh water from land or from a structure fixed to the land.

Under 16 years of age.

Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel saltwater fishing license.

A nonresident fishing from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.

A holder of a valid commercial saltwater products license. (Only one person fishing under a vessel saltwater products license may claim the exemption on the vessel for which the saltwater products license is registered.)

Any person who has been accepted as a client for developmental services by HRS (Florida Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services) or any licensed provider of services through contract with HRS, where such service involves the need, normally, for possession of a saltwater fishing license and such service is provided as part of a court-decided rehabilitation program involving training in Florida's aquatic resources. A Florida resident who is certified permanently and totally disabled may obtain a "disabled persons certificate" which allows them to fish in both saltwater and freshwater at no charge from a county tax collector.

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