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Recreational Fishing Fun For Everyone

With more than 1,000 miles of coastline and great weather, Florida truly is a year-round sportsman’s paradise for recreational saltwater fishing.

The state’s vast recreational resources provide the challenging catches serious anglers stay out on the water all day for, yet Florida’s shoreline also offers fishing opportunities for every type of angler, from beach-going families to solitary kayakers.

Budget-conscious anglers looking for a bite that won’t take a chunk out of their wallet can take advantage of Florida’s free shoreline fishing license, while those looking for a day on the water can take advantage of one of our many recreational charter options across the state.

Children under 16 years of age and Florida residents 65 or older are not required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license, a money saver for families seeking shoreline fun. For those between 16 and 65, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers several license options from non-resident three-day to life-long.

We estimate recreational saltwater fishing brought more than 5.69 billion dollars to Florida in 2011. In addition, Florida’s boating industry provided a 16.8 billion dollar economic impact in 2008 and more than 200,000 jobs.

Inside this Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations guide you will find important information about recreational fishing including updates on rule changes, information on upcoming events, artificial reef locations and a handy regulation guide, perfect for keeping in the boat or the car you plan on taking to the shore.

Kathy Barco

Chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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