Saltwater Fishing From Shore A Work Of Possible FictionSep 26th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Outdoors
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Let’s say (hypothetically) you have company visit from out of state and the first thing they want to do is find a beach, naturally. Okay, beach, no problem. You pack up towels, sunscreen, picnic food and cute sun hats; you’re good to go. While driving there your company says, “We’ll need to stop somewhere so I can get some bait.” Bait? For what? We’re going to the beach. “So we can fish of course, in the water!” Let’s say (again hypothetically) that you have lived in Florida for over a year now and should probably know a lot about its recreational pastimes, but that you’ve really been too busy to do too much, especially anything involving the beach because living in the most northern part of Florida doesn’t exactly give you quick access. Hypothetically, of course, you would say, “oh, okay.” Then the entire time you’re there, you would wonder if you’re doing something illegal by fishing without a license. Just so you never have to go through this scenario, let me give you some upfront information that will help you to avoid any situations similar to the hypothetical one I’ve just described above. First of all, the correct answer would be, “Okay, but we’ll have to get you a saltwater fishing license too.” There are two kinds of saltwater licenses. One is a regular fishing license that is specifically for saltwater fishing and necessary if you will be doing any fishing from a boat. The second type of license is designed for fishing described in the story. It’s a resident recreational saltwater shoreline fishing license. It is for anglers who fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore, or if you wade into the water where you can still stand on bottom. It covers fishing with a hook and line, but does not cover fishing for crab, lobster, snook, tarpon or clams. Anything you would collect by hand, with baskets, traps or nets is not covered. All residents are required to have this license except for those who are exempt: children under 16, adults over 65, the permanently disabled, active military personnel who are on leave, food stamp recipients, anglers who fish from a licensed pier and anyone already having a regular saltwater fishing license. The license is free and can be obtained from retail stores like sporting goods stores, hunting and fishing stores and tax collectors’ offices. You can also buy the license over the phone and online, but you will be charged a few dollars for a convenience fee. The license will remain valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. If you plan to fish in Florida waters the rest of your life, a Lifetime License might be more suited for you. It will cost you, but the price is reasonable for a lifetime of fishing without ever worrying about annual renewal. Children four years and younger pay $126.50, children ages 5-12 pay $226.50 and persons 13 years and above will pay $301.50. If you ever move away from Florida, the lifetime license will still be valid for anytime you return to fish. What about the hypothetical friend visiting from outside Florida? Unfortunately, they will have to purchase a regular saltwater fishing license, because the shoreline license is only available to residents. That friend who packed their rods and poles in their trunk will have to pay $17 for three days, $30 for seven days and if they plan on hanging around a year, will pay $47 for their visit. If you’ve ever wondered why we have to pay for a fishing license, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation helps explain. Fishing licenses go towards building and repairing ramps and docks, they fund fresh and saltwater fisheries conservation projects such as habitat restoration, fish stocking, artificial reef construction and youth fishing clinics. So, buying a license directly helps support sport fishing restoration and contributes to future fisheries resources. So the next time the hypothetical pole-toting friend comes to town, you can be prepared. And maybe that time, they can actually catch some fish.