Florida Fishing Regulations

Don't go fishing unless you know the rules and have a valid Florida Fishing License!
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Don't let the government con you into believing that the National Ocean Policy is good for the country.

If you are a boater, fisherman, diver, either recreational or commercial or if you care about our energy resources and other natural resources that are available in or from the oceans then you should be VERY concerned over this 'National Ocean Policy".

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With E15 gasoline, Boaters, Anglers Will Need Extra Vigilance
When Filling up at the Gas Station

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Our fishing rights are under attack like never before in the history of this nation! I urge everyone, saltwater and freshwater, boat or landside fishermen to get involved in the politics of fishing now! (See the two "Warnings" below) There are so-called 'environmental' groups getting 'tough' with the politicians and pretending they are pro fishing, when in reality they want all uses of our waters to cease immediately. No more fishing, recreational or commercial, no water skiing, no boating, no houses on the shores, also no hunting, no hiking in the wild, NO NOTHING!

If you sit back and continue to do nothing, you will soon have nothing!

Here's an example of your government at work for you: Public input period for federal fishery strategy has ended

Fatally Flawed Science Killing America's Number One Outdoor Pastime

September 28, 2009 - Despite a congressional mandate to fix the “serious flaws in design" and “inadequate analysis methods" that renders MRFSS obsolete, the National Marine Fisheries Service continues using this fatally flawed program to deny the public access to coastal fisheries like red snapper, amberjack and black sea bass, crippling the recreational fishing industry. Click here to read MRFSS position paper. (Note from Ed.: This is what I told everyone about in June of '09. NMFS is now considering a total closure of the bottom fishery in the south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico that could possibly close fishing for up to 35 years.)

Florida Saltwater Fishing Information


Six Boating Safety Tips From BoatUS

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Five Reasons Why Boats Sink in the Springtime and a Commissioning Checklist

3/10/2010 WARNING! Obama Administration Ignores $125 Billion Sportfishing Industry in New Ocean and Great Lakes Management Policy...Click Here

2/9/2010 WARNING! New National Policy May Close Marine and Fresh Waters to Recreational Fishing

1/15/2010 Sound science for fisheries management

11/24/09 Environmental Defense Fund, Bullying Fishermen And Communities Over Catch Shares

11/23/09 Snook seasons close in December

10/9/09 Everyone needs to go here and read this. http://www.sportfishingmag.com/blog.jsp?blogID=300 For those who choose not to believe that the enviro groups have an agenda to stop fishing, pay close attention. For those who don't believe that EDF, OC, and other enviro groups are working hard in other areas to stop fishing and then will bring that effort home, pay close attention.

10/7/09 Boaters Can Help Save Their Own "Working Waterfront"

10/6/09 FEDS TO 60 MILLION AMERICAN ANGLERS: WE DON'T NEED YOU!! Click here for news

7/30/09 Shoreline fishing license requirement starts Aug. 1

7/1/09 NOAA Fisheries Service Announces New Regulations for the
South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery

6/19/09 New grouper regs in Florida Gulf Waters..click here

6/18/09 Free DSC-VHF Radio Checks For Boaters In Gulf, FL Atlantic Coast

6/9/09 Shoreline anglers need to buy license by Aug. 1..click here

6/5/09 - Gag grouper is going to be a nightmare in the future. It could be possible for the gag fishery to be closed in 2010.  Updates will follow as I get them....

5/29/09 Snook season closes on June 1The recreational harvest season for snook closes on June 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.  The recreational harvest season for snook in all other Florida waters closed on May 1. Snook season will reopen in all Florida waters on Sept. 1.

5/29/09 Gulf red snapper sport season set to reopen(click here for regs)The recreational red snapper harvest season in all Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida reopens on June 1.

Anglers may take two red snapper daily from Gulf waters during the open season; however, the captain and crew of for-hire vessels in the Gulf may not keep the recreational bag limit.  The minimum size limit for recreational red snapper in the Gulf is 16 inches total length.

5/8/09 OFFICIAL RED SNAPPER SEASON FOR 2009The recreational fishery will open on June 1, 2009. The closure is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, August 15, 2009, which of course means that August 14, 2009 is the last day to land red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Allocation Analysis of the Gulf of Mexico Gag
and Red Grouper Fisheries
This report is very long and very tedious to read, but it is one that EVERY bottom fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico should read....Then read below what the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Commission is trying to do to us....Click here for the report

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Eight Tips To Help The Savvy Boat Buyer
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Boaters: A Reason to Check Your Signal Flares

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Let Your Legislature Know How Important Boating is to You

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Strong pro-ethanol advocates are pushing the Obama Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase ethanol levels in gasoline to 15% (E15). As you may have read in BoatUS Magazine, ethanol at the currently allowed 10% (E10) level has been shown to cause significant problems for some marine engines and boat fuel systems. Click Here for more info

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Thousands Rally in DC For "Right To Fish"

Over 20 federal lawmakers joined several thousand fishermen from around the country next to the US Capitol on February 24 in a three-hour rally supporting national fisheries reform. Journalists on the scene tabbed attendance at between 3,000 and 5,000 with fishermen standing elbow-to-elbow in Washington DC. Click here to read more!!!

For details on the rally including the bus effort to get fishermen back and forth to DC, visit the official rally website! Reform Magnuson Now!!!

Couldn't make the rally? Download the following letter and get a copy off to your member of Congress! Click here.


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