These guys are in business to support there customers fishing needs and couldn’t recommend them more. Extremely knowledgeable group that know the Florida waters and what works in them.
Florida Tackle Company is a full service Tackle store with top shelf products including Shaman, Penn, Diana, Accurate, anymore. We also have inshore and offshore tackle, and Frozen and Fresh Bait.
If your program is approved, you will receive one rod and reel per participant, up to 400, as long as we have that equipment in inventory. If you have over 400 participants, or we are unable to give you the full number of rods and reels needed, we can provide sources for purchasing additional fishing equipment.
Contact Fish Florida if you are uncertain whether your event qualifies, if you have questions about the program or if you have problems completing the application form. After receiving your application, we will review it for completeness, the Fish Florida Board of Directors will vote on it, and we will notify you as outlined below.
Last year, Florida led the nation in total angler expenditures, with almost $5 billion dollars spent, supporting more than 80,200 jobs. Fishing supports jobs in several industries, including retail, boat manufacturing and repair, research, and tourism.
According to a 2013 Census Bureau report, fishing days increased by 24 percent in the state of Florida from 2006 to 2011. While some of these visitors came to Florida primarily for sport fishing, others find a way to work fishing activities into business trips or family vacations.
Florida ’s expansive coastal environment is home to a wide variety of licensed charter fishing boat options, which are available for individuals or groups to rent all around the state, and Florida annually hosts hundreds of fishing tournaments for locally and internationally competitive anglers. Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace.
More than 640,000 tonnes of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every year, the same weight as 55,000 double-decker buses. “Nets and lines can pose a threat to wildlife for years or decades, ensnaring everything from small fish and crustaceans to endangered turtles, seabirds and even whales,” it said.
“Spreading throughout the ocean on tides and currents, lost and discarded fishing gear is now drifting to Arctic coastlines, washing up on remote Pacific islands, entangled on coral reefs and littering the deep seafloor.” Another expedition to the south Pacific found an estimated 18 tonnes of plastic debris on a 2.5 km stretch of beach on the uninhabited Henderson Island and it was reportedly accumulating at a rate of several thousand pieces per day.
“Poor regulation and slow political progress in creating ocean sanctuaries that are off-limits to industrial fishing allow this problem to exist and persist,” the report said. If you think that Florida is all about Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center or Miami Beach, or the home of the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, think again.
In fact, it is home to some interesting fishing spots like Long Key State Park, Destiny, Lake Okeechobee, and of course, Disney World itself. If you are considering a vacation in sunny Florida and want to take part in its fishing adventures, you must know what expenses that entail this activity.
A license or permit vendor may charge an issuance fee of $0.50. Permits are required if you opt to catch controlled species.
You may also opt to purchase annual Recreation Vessel fee for $2,000.50 for not-for-hire watercraft and the yearly pier license of $501.50. You may also call the toll-free number 1-888-FISH- FLORIDA (347-4356) but please expect for an additional fee for this service.
Some persons are not required to obtain a fishing license in Florida. If you are a resident who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program and is fishing from land or a structure fixed or attached to land.
If you are a resident and fishing as part of recreation only within the county where you live using a live bait and a simple fishing line without a line retrieval mechanism. When you are aboard a vessel which has a valid charter boat or captain license.
If you are a resident and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces but are not stationed in Florida and you are home on leave for 30days or less upon submission of orders. Proof of identification and a benefit issuance identification card issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Agency for Health Care Administration should always be ready for presentation when fishing.