16-renegade-proFlorida’s waters are rich in a multitude of fish species,  some of which have a protected or semi-protected status. There are also limits on the amount of fish you may catch when fishing for certain species. Here’s a general guide to the licenses you need to fish from your flats boat,  from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

General fishing license information:

  • You are required to have a Florida fishing license in order to land any saltwater species regardless of whether they are caught in State or Federal waters.
  • You can get an annual license which will be valid for 12 months from the date of your choice.
  • If you are fishing off the Gulf of Mexico (excluding Monroe Country) for specific reef fish, you’ll need to register for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. This survey is important to conservationists and anglers alike, as it will give more accurate data on the fish and fishing in the area. Certain people are exempt from this survey, including anglers on charter vessels, anglers fishing for fish that are not on the survey and anglers under 16 years old.

Types of fishing licenses for residents of Florida:

  • Lifetime licenses, for Florida residents
  • Annual saltwater fishing license
  • Youth saltwater fishing license. This is an optional license for children under the age of 16
  • Five year saltwater fishing license
  • Combination license for salt and freshwater fishing
  • Combination license for salt and freshwater fishing and hunting

Types of fishing licenses for non-residents of Florida:

  • Annual saltwater fishing license
  • Three day saltwater fishing license
  • Seven day saltwater fishing license

Permits are required for:

  • Snook
  • Spiny lobster
  • Tarpon

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