With pole and line or rod and reel and by bush hook, set line or trot line baited with cut bait or other substance; but not including live game fish or any part of any game fish; bush hooks, set lines or trot lines (limited to 25 hooks total) are permitted for taking nongame fish for personal use, but only in those areas where trot lines may be lawfully used in accordance with the Wildlife Code of the State of Florida. Refer to the “Commercial Freshwater Fisheries Rules and Regulations Summary”.
Bush hooks, set lines and trot lines must be clearly and legibly marked with the harvester's name and address while being used or possessed in or upon the waters of the state. During daylight hours by manually operated spears, gigs, snatch hooks, crossbow or bow and arrow from a boat or from shore except at the spillways of the Eureka and Rodman dams on the Oklahoma River or on the spillway of the Jim Woodruff Dam on the Apalachicola River or in Made County canals south of the C-4 and east of the L-31 N and L-31W canals inclusively.
By the use of cast nets in the South and Northeast regions, in Citrus County, and in the Southwest Region, except that possession or use of cast nets in waters adjoining Saddle Creek Fish Management Area, Polk County, confined by Morgan Combed Road, U.S. Highway 92 and Fish Hatchery Road are prohibited. Nets used to take nongame fish (typically suckers) in these specified waters must be less than 100 feet in length, have a minimum 3-inch stretched mesh and shall be continuously attended to ensure immediate release of any trapped game fish.
For personal use by any person possessing a valid freshwater fishing license by the use of not more than one slat basket or one wire trap, made as specified in Rule 68A-23.003, FAC, and used only in those waters where use of wire traps or slat baskets is permitted for commercial purposes. Refer to the “Commercial Freshwater Fisheries Rules and Regulation Summary”.
Prohibited Gear for Taking Marine Species in Fresh Water 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.
What was supposed to be an exciting time on jet skis turned into an unexpected experience for two men in Florida, after they helped rescue a dolphin who got its tail caught in a rope attached to a fishing net. Nicholas Tudor caught the entire rescue on camera, which started about 20 minutes into his trip with his friend Craig on Nov. 21 in Biscayne Bay, off the coast of Florida near Miami.
In the video, a dolphin can be seen swimming up near Nicholas Tudor’s jet ski before he notices what appears to be a cage attached to its tail. The video shows Tudor proceeding to get out a knife and jump in the water to try and cut the rope attached to the cage.
In dueling New Year’s Eve messages, Trump touts record as Biden looks forward In the end, Tudor eventually gets a good enough grip to use his knife to cut the rope from the dolphin’s tail, letting it go.
“I think once the dolphin realized that we had the cage up to the surface and (it) didn’t have to fight us so much to try to breathe, (it) just floated and stayed there with us,” Tudor told Fox News-affiliate 7 News Miami. 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.