This website provides basic tips about how to have a fun, safe experience while helping us conserve our aquatic resources for tomorrow. Overall, Florida again ranked first of fishing participants age 16 and older with 2.77 million.
Recreational fishing dollars helped to support 75,068 jobs in Florida, again making it No. This economic trend is great news for Florida partially because state and local taxes from the sale of fishing -related goods and services generated $441 million for general funds.
In spite of the national estimates of fishing participation for all U.S. anglers (does not include foreign anglers) over 16 years of age decreasing, actual fishing license sales for both freshwater and saltwater have increased in Florida. This discrepancy is partially the result of seniors (age 65 and older), resident saltwater shoreline anglers and several other groups, including those fishing from licensed saltwater piers or charter boats, being exempt from licensing.
Florida remains the Fishing Capital of the World because of great resources and responsible management. You can help ensure a vibrant future with high quality, sustainable and safe fishing opportunities by being an ethical angler, mentoring a youth or friend and keeping your license current.
Sir Izaak Walton, in his Com pleat Angler, advised: “You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.” From insurance companies, car manufacturers, or soft drink producers, the imagery of recreational fishing is presented because it reminds us of our roots and of a closeness to nature that calms the soul.
Get Outdoors Florida is a nonprofit coalition that encourages Floridians and tourists to enjoy a more healthy lifestyle by participating in active nature-based recreation throughout the site. Its website provides information on events and locations to enjoy a wide variety of activities.
Following publication on Richard Loud’s book, Last Child in the Woods, the Children and Nature Network compiled a vast amount of research showing how important it is to spend quality time outdoors interacting with nature. So it is not surprising that studies have consistently shown that involvement with family members and friends is a primary reason people go boating and fishing.
When outdoors in Florida, use sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin damage, be certain to drink plenty of water, be aware of your surroundings and be careful of sharp fishing hooks. Please don’t feed wildlife while enjoying the great diversity of birds and animals you’ll see while fishing.
Clean your boat and trailer of any vegetation and never move fish between bodies of water, to help prevent establishing non-native plants and spreading diseases. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides a variety of angler recognition programs to help commemorate your catch, and beginning October 2012, you can be rewarded by TrophyCatch for documenting and releasing large mouth bass greater than eight pounds.
Anytime that you can get out on the water safely (let’s avoid lightning storms and hurricanes). Time of Day : Typically, for freshwater fishes especially, dawn and dusk tend to be more active feeding periods and also allow some escape from the heat.
However, anytime of day you can expect to catch fish, if you know where to find them and are patient. If it’s very hot and bright, the key is finding shade around structure or deeper cooler waters.
Lunar Cycle : Yes, the phases of the moon also play a role in how aggressive fish are and how they congregate, especially around spawning time. The So lunar Theory helps provide some insights into peak fishing periods based on this information--but remember local variables may play an even more important role.
A basic tip: The three days before and after new or full moons often make for stimulated fishing action. If the front lasts for a prolonged period, the aftermath can again bring enhanced fishing conditions.
Part of this is programmed into their genes, but much of it is triggered by water temperature, lunar phase and their nutrition as well. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsors numerous events around the state to encourage parents and other responsible adults to “take a kid fishing and see what they mean when they say “Water Works Wonders.” The first full week in June is National Fishing and Boating Week and is a time when businesses around the state and our Division of Marine Fisheries concentrate many of their clinics.
Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management. With all those areas teeming with fish, we can’t list them all, but you are always within reach of a place to “wet a line.” A great start is our online guide to Florida the Fishing Capital of the World (PDF), which lists 30 top freshwater destinations and numerous state parks that provide saltwater access.
Basic fishing tackle is reasonably priced, and enthusiasts can find the rod and reel of their dreams in specialty stores, bait-and-tackle shops or general retailers throughout Florida. By purchasing a license, you also help Florida receive additional funds from Federal Aid in Sport fish Restoration, a program into which anglers already pay via federal excise taxes on fishing tackle and motorboat fuel taxes.
Learns and obeys fishing and boating rules and regulations, and purchases appropriate licenses. Doesn’t release live bait into waters or spread exotic plants and fish.
Saltwater Traps and Debris Removal Florida ’s rules and regulations are designed to help ensure the safety of all the people in Florida, visitors and residents alike, and to help make sure that one of the state’s most important economic engines is protected and maintained for future generations.
Not knowing the rules puts people at risk of seriously damaging everyone’s current and future fishing opportunities. Not knowing the rules also puts people in the position of breaking them, and that can mean incurring a fine or, in extreme cases, imprisonment.
All anglers are legally required to be familiar with the rules and regulations governing the type of fishing they are doing. If you have questions or need clarifications, contact the FCC online at MyFWC.com/Contact, by telephone at 850-488-4676 or by postal mail at the address listed below.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Harris Bryant Building 620 S. Meridian St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 Anglers catch hundreds of brawny, beautiful and delicious species in teeming estuaries, off gorgeous beaches and in the deep blue oceans surrounding the Florida peninsula.
So close that you giggle as a pod of dolphins plays in your bow wave in the Indian River Lagoon, near Stuart, Sebastian or Titusville. Or, catch bass species that thrive only in North Florida rivers such as the magnificent Suwanee, where class III rapids add serious excitement to a fishing trip on the river between White Springs and the Town of Suwanee, where the river passes through the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Whether it’s a red snapper caught off Destiny, speckled trout from Tampa Bay, or a mess of crappie from Tallahassee ’s Lake Alcuin, there’s not much more satisfying or delicious than eating fish you caught yourself. Most places you can find a restaurant that will cook your catch to order.
Florida ’s the place to fire up a young angler’s inner fishing fanatic. Spring break or summer vacation are both great times for feisty, delicious easy-to-catch fish.