Fishing In Florida
Restrictions For Shark Fishing
For many anglers, a popular version of big game fishing is to catch a shark from a beach. No boat is required for shore-based shark fishing and it offers the angler the chance to battle with a beast weighing more than 100 — and occasionally larger than 300 — pounds.
But sometimes, these sharks do not survive the fight, even when they are released. And the state of Florida is hoping to protect them.
Beginning July 1, 2020 shore-based shark anglers will have a new set of state fishing regulations to follow.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's process took more than a year of review, refinement and public workshops.
The changes will be:
The new regulations were designed with the intent of protecting sharks, particularly those which are on Florida's list of sharks prohibited from harvest in state waters.
For complete Florida saltwater fishing regulations go to https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/.
There are two major types of Florida fishing licenses available:
There are also different kinds of fishing licenses available based on residency and how long you would like it to last. Licenses can range in cost, from completely free to more than $1,000, depending on the selection. The licenses available in Florida include but are not limited to:
Training Courses for Fishing in Florida
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For accurate up-to-date information visit: https://myfwc.com/
Although most fishers should carry a fishing license in Florida, there are some exceptions in which fishers are not required to carry a license. For example, the state sometimes offers free fishing days, when anyone can catch fish without a license. This is to encourage interest in the activity and allow people to try it out without purchasing a license. Some scenarios in which a license is not required include the following: