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.
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. The lifetime saltwater fishing license for residents includes shook and lobster permits.
License and permit fees are final and nonrefundable. License Fee St. Johns River Commercial Food Shrimp Production License (Credit on SPL) $250.00 St. Johns River Commercial Shrimp Live Production License (Credit on SPL) (Wholesale Dealer License required) Applications only accepted for June 1 to July 31.
License Fee Chemical Collecting Permit (Quinidine) (Must hold Marine Life Endorsement) $25.00 Scientific Research, Educational, Exhibition, Pompano, Shook, Shellfish Dredge (clams & mussels), Public Purpose, Quinidine, Indigenous Marine Prohibited Species, Brood stock, Experimental or Innovative Gear. To receive a quantity of trap tags, you must have an equal quantity of spiny lobster or stone crab trap certificates on account with the FCC or hold an active blue endorsement.
A saltwater product is defined as any marine fish, shellfish, clam, invertebrate, sponge, jellyfish, coral, crustacean, lobster, crab, shrimp, snail, marine plant, echinoderm, sea star, brittle star or urchin, etc. The Individual SPL will cover the individual listed on the card for commercial fishing on any commercially registered vessel, the shore or structures affixed to the shore such as piers, docks, and bridges.
A commercial harvester can hold only one Individual or Crew SPL at a time. A Crew SPL will cover the individual listed on the license and anyone with them for commercial fishing on board any commercially registered vessel.
The license will cover all individuals on board, up to what the United States Coast Guard deems safe, for commercial fishing. Sell, barter or exchange for merchandise any saltwater products; Harvest over 100 pounds or 2 saltwater fish per person per day (whichever is greater) for species that do not have an established bag limit; or Use certain gear or equipment as specified by law.
A Blue Crab endorsement allows the holder of a Saltwater Products License and a Restricted Species Endorsement to commercially harvest blue crabs and to sell them to a licensed wholesale dealer. The holder of an Incidental take will be entitled to harvest and sell no more than 200 pounds of blue crab as by catch.
The Lam para Net endorsement allows a commercial harvester to collect more than 10 gallons of ballyhoo per vessel per day. A Lam para Net Endorsement allows for the direct harvest of ballyhoo with a Lam para net by individuals who also hold the SPL and Purse Seine Endorsement (PS).
A Marine Life endorsement allows a commercial harvester to collect species designated as “Marine Life” including “Live Shellfish” species such as urchins, starfish, star snails, sand dollars. The Pompano endorsement allows a commercial fisher to simultaneously possess a gill net and pompano harvested from federal waters while in transit across state waters between Cape Sable and Hurricane Pass.
Allows the commercial harvester to use Quinidine while collecting species designated and Marine Life. Applicants must hold a valid SPL with a Marine Life Endorsement.
The Spiny Lobster endorsement allows the holder of a Saltwater Products License and a Restricted Species Endorsement to commercially harvest spiny lobster in commercial quantities with traps or hoop net. See below for Bully Net and Commercial Dive information for spiny lobster.
The Live Shrimp Productions license is available to any person intending to use a boat to harvest live bait shrimp in the inland waters of Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagger, and Clay Counties using a trawl. Vessel cannot exceed 35 feet in length in inland waters of Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagger, and Clay Counties.
The Commercial Food Shrimp Productions license is available to any person intending to use a boat to harvest food shrimp in the inland waters of Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagger, and Clay Counties. Vessel cannot exceed 35 feet in length in inland waters of Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagger, and Clay Counties.
Vessel cannot exceed 45 feet in length in inland waters of Nassau County. This permit allows individuals to commercially harvest shrimp within the boundaries of Tampa Bay.
Wholesale dealers must report purchases to the Commission when products are landed or sold for the first time. They are not able to purchase, sell, import or export saltwater products outside the county designated on the license A Statewide Wholesale License allows an Individual or Corporation to purchase, sell, import, and export saltwater products into or out of Florida and ship saltwater products to other counties or out of state.
The RC is not required when products are prepared for consumption or take-out under a license issued by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. A person transporting saltwater products in this state, regardless of destination, must maintain possession of invoices, bills of lading or other similar documentation showing the number of packages, boxes or containers and the number of pounds of each species and the name, physical address and the Florida wholesale dealer number of the dealer of origin.
To import and sell saltwater products (including Aquarian, fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.) Florida is well known for its great shoreline access to the Atlantic, and it also has inland freshwater bodies.
These licenses cover any fishing activity on the saltwater bodies, mainly the Florida ocean waters. License CostDescription No Cost Residents License $0.00 Florida residents are eligible for a no-cost fee when fishing from a structure attached to the shore or the shore itself.
Annual Freshwater/saltwater/hunting combinations for residents$48.00Residents get a reduced cost for saltwater, freshwater, and hunting privileges. 5- Year Gold sportsman’s License for residents$494.00The Gold Sportsman’s License covers freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and hunting.
Annual Gold Sportsman’s License for Residents$100.00They include the following permits: archery, Wildlife Management Area, turkey, deer, crossbow, lobster, Florida Waterfowl, shook, and Muzzle loading gun. Annual Gold Sportsman License For Military Residents$20.00Retired military members or active duty military residents have access to the Gold Sportsman privileges at a reduced cost.
Present a current military ID card and proof of residency to be eligible. Gold Sportsman’s License for Resident Youth $100.00This License gives youth Gold Sportsman’s privileges.
Persons with disabilities FishingLicense for Residents$0.00These licenses are valid for 2 to 5 years. Lionfish are also exempt from this License only when used with specific gear.
People with disabilities get a no-cost license, which lasts between 2 and 5 years. They cover freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and hunting and the following permits, archery, Wildlife Management Area, turkey, deer, crossbow, lobster, Florida Waterfowl, shook, and Muzzle loading gun.
Special Considerations for Freshwater Fishing Licenses License CostDescription5-Year Resident FishingLicense $79.00 These licenses authorize you to harvest native and non-native fish from freshwater bodies. Annual Resident FishingLicense $17.00These licenses authorize you to harvest native and non-native fish from freshwater bodies. Non-Resident 3-day fishingLicense $17.00These licenses give non-residents the authority to fish for native and non-native fish in Florida ’s freshwater bodies.
You get a plastic card that grants you all the Gold Sportsman Privileges for a lifetime. The License is charged on private ponds that have more than 20 acres in surface cover.