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.
Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) and our partners encourage you to enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors with your family and friends.
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 John R. Caldwell, Adventure Culture Education Inc., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 502-532-1685, www.X11.com.
Michael Bundy, Angler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC., Port Canaveral and Ponce Inlet, FL, 407-399-5605, AMFishingCharters@aol.com, Facebook. Bruce Sherbet, shore-based charters in Sebastian Inlet, FL, 732-762-1693.
Mark Wood, MW outdoors Charters, Melbourne Beach, FL, 321-394-1001. Tim Wilder, Bali HAI Charters, Port St. Joe, FL, 850-227-5802, balihaicharters.com, Instagram @balihaicharters, Facebook.
Jeff Blanton, Grenville Plantation, White Springs, FL, 229-292-4587. Bryan Fléchette, Fish Hunter Tours, Crystal River, FL, 352-697-2874, www.fishhuntertours.com, Instagram fish_hunter_tours, Facebook.
David Make, Fantastic Charters, Homosassa, FL, 352-601-1525, www.finntastick.com, Finntastickcharters@gmail.com, Facebook. Michael New, Salt Marsh Charters, High Springs, FL, 615-971-9536, Instagram Capt_Skippy.
Kyle Skipper, Marker One Flats Charters, Steinhatchee, FL, 352-317-1654, www.m1fishing.com, Instagram @marker1fishing, Facebook. Brian Stauffer, Fish head Kayak Charters, Brookville, FL, 352-442-4311, www.fishheadkayakcharters.com, Instagram @fishheads4.
Brent Woodard, Reel Native Fishing Charters, Horseshoe Beach, FL, 352-284-5514, Reelnativefishing.com, Instagram reel_native_ fishing, Facebook. Josh Bible, Captain Gibbs Fishing Charters, Palmetto, FL, 941-840-1008, www.captainbibbs.com, Instagram fishing_Gibbs, Facebook.
Jim Galbraith, Florida Memories, St. Petersburg, FL, 813-499-4608, Facebook. Buddy Harrison, Score Family Fishing and Kayak Tours, Tampa, FL, 813-928-3806.
Parker Pope, International Sailors, Tampa, FL, 813-382-2216, Facebook. ZAC Tape, Niche Fishing Charters, LLC., Bradenton, FL, 561-308-1398, Nichefishingcharters.com.
Kenny Disease, Florida Freedom Charters, Daniel, FL, 239-476-2904. Daniel T. Edwards, AmVetCharters, Junta Golda, FL, 941-268-0810, Facebook.
Van Hubbard, Family Fun Fishing, Englewood, FL, 941-468-4017, www.captvan.com, Facebook. Joe Nichols, Show and Tell Charters, Everglades City, FL, 239-821-3305, www.icdfish.com.
William Schwartz miller, Port of the Islands Charters, Naples, FL, 239-642-8818. Don Taylor, Back Bay Charters, Junta Lassa, FL, 239-850-9569.
Diego Cordova, Flat Out Sport fishing, Marathon, FL, 305-395-1228, www.floridakeysflats.com, Instagram @flatoutsportfishing or @captdiegocordova, Facebook. Bob Dorcas, Medicine Man Fishing Charters of the Lower Keys, Summer land Key, FL, 305-900-7488, www.medicinemanfishing.com.
Charlie Files, Key Largo Adventures, Islamabad, FL, 305-975-4885, KeyLargoAdventures.com, Instagram @KeyLargoAdventures, Facebook. Jim Harmon, School of Fish, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 561-376-0574, Instagram @TheBassStalker.
DAX Hillock, Coast2Coast Charters LLC, 786-760-1006. Willie’s Charters, Riviera Beach, FL, 561-307-3047, www.captwillie.com, Instagram: Capt.williehoward, Facebook.
Clyde Morgan Jewett, Flats Angler, LLC. D/b/a Florida Backcountry Fishing, Islamabad, FL, 305-790-5526, www.floridabackcountryfishing.com, Instagram: @floridabackcountryfishing.
Rich Mitchell, Phase One Backcountry Charters, Islamabad, FL, 305-393-0729. Guides listed here have completed an educational course and pledged that they were clear of resource-related fish and wildlife violations for 3 or more years prior to their certification date.
They were also checked for appropriate state licensing at the time of certification. Guides who operate fishing charters from motorized vessels in saltwater are required to have both a valid Merchant Mariner credential from the US Coast Guard and hold state fishing charter license(s) issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Guides who operate in federal waters might be subject to additional licensing (Of/IFAS does not have the ability to verify federal licensing). If you are ever curious about a guide’s credentials, never be shy about asking.
*Guides who operate fishing trips solely from kayaks, shore, or only on inland freshwater bodies are not required to carry state fishing charter licensing. Similarly, guides who charter tours from motorized vessels that do not involve fishing must hold a Merchant Mariner credential from the US Coast Guard (earning them the title “Capt.”) And operate a vessel that is registered commercially, but are not required to carry a state fishing charter license.
Charter vessels carrying more than 12 passengers must undergo inspection by the US Coast Guard. Sign-up to receive our monthly newsletter with interesting blogs about fishing and boating.
Get fishing tips and tricks and read personal stories from anglers who live and breathe fishing and boating. Fishing and viewing wildlife on Florida's lakes and marshes is a great way to immerse yourself in nature.
I use all Shaman rods and reels, I also have the most up to date electronics and a brand new 25ft 2018 Tidewater Center console fishing boat. This Pontoon fishing charter is unique, it cruises along the inshore backwaters of Indian River & Mosquito lagoon, boasting an abundance of shook, redfish, tarpon, spotted sea trout, mangrove snapper, and even black drum.
Take in the beautiful scenery as our expert captain leads you to the best places to land the local favorite redfish, in addition to many others. Charters are suited for both first-timers, experienced anglers, elderly, youth, families, and children of all ages.
So everyone is sure to have a blast as you fish with ease and comfort of the calm inshore never water needlessly worrying about being seasick, losing your balance are dealing with unstable conditions. THE LEGEND II Newest addition to our growing Legendary Adventures fleet is our 36' Yellow fin Center Console fishing machine.
The combination of speed, an unmatched dry ride and legendary rugged construction make the 36 Yellow fin the boat to beat no matter where you are fishing. Mix a snorkel and then head out for a run at fishing or just a long lazy sail in the deep blue.
If beaches are your thing 'Let's do that' The areas are varied, being at the end of the Fl Keys we have 3 directions we can go ... Hawk Channel with small seas or the Ocean side with reefs or the Gulf of Mexico where the dolphins play and the sting rays are friendly. Enjoy big game fishing off the Florida coast with a half-day small-group tour that costs much less than a similar private charter.
For parties of one to three people, sharing the boat allows you to save money with the same itinerary as a private charter. This tour is geared toward beginner fishers and includes the instruction and equipment you need to make your first catch.
Family owned and operated for over 25 years, we love our jobs, our customers, and taking people out for a fun filled fishing adventure every day. Kick back, drop your line in the water and an enjoy a relaxing day in the Florida Keys, trying your hand at a catch that may include sailfish, Yahoo, mahi, tuna, snapper, grouper, king mackerel, and shark.
This private charter includes exclusive use of a 31-foot (9.5 meter) open fishing boat with shade, instruction for beginners or advanced tips for the pros, and all the equipment you need. When you leave the Port of Miami, you will head out to the Atlantic Gulf Stream where all the major Pelagic species including Mahi-Mahi, Yahoo, King fish, Tuna and so much more are roaming the waters.
A St Augustine Inshore Fishing Charter is truly unique because it allows you to experience the Oldest City of the Nation from an on-the-water adventure. Your licensed professional guide will take care of all your fishing needs while discovering what the backwaters of St Augustine are all about.
While inshore fishing for Sea trout, Black Drum, Redfish, Shook, Tarpon, Sleepyhead and much more you can get a true feel of what this beautiful destination is all about. Your licensed professional guide will take care of all your fishing needs while discovering what the backwaters of New Smyrna Beach are all about.
While inshore fishing for Redfish, Sea trout, Black Drum, Sleepyhead and much more you can get a true feel of what this beautiful destination is all about. As well, travelers also enjoyed a day at Smyrna Dunes Park, Apollo Beach, or the Turtle Mound National Historic Site.
Marathon the hub for fishing in the Florida Keys, great beaches, shopping, fantastic food and home to the largest Tarpon run. View the beautiful waters, all while experiencing the thrill of a chance to catch the silver king, the myth, the legend of the sea the Florida Keys Tarpon.
Marathon the hub for fishing in the Keys, great beaches, shopping, and fantastic food. View the beautiful scenery, while experiencing the thrill of a chance to catch species such as Yellowtail, Snapper, Permit, Tarpon, Grouper, Barracuda, and Shark.
Your tour is guided by a licensed Captain in a modern open fishing style boat with a t-top for shade. Booking with confidence on TripAdvisor, it makes this charter an easy, reliable and enjoyable decision.
Tours are suitable for beginner and experienced anglers so everyone can have a good time catching fish and enjoying a beautiful day out on the water. With your guide's supervision and expert instruction, catch local fish such as triple tail, flounder, redfish, and trout.
You'll visit some of the best secret fishing spots that you wouldn't find on your own, deep in the backcountry waterways. Our team will also clean, ice, and bag your catches so you can enjoy the fresh flavors of the gulf at home.
No worries, our neighbors at River walk Restaurant and Pitcher’s Crab Shack, located in Tin City, are more than happy to prepare your catch with a couple of sides for a small fee. Explore the waters off the coast of south Florida during a deep sea fishing charter from Naples or Tin City.
Cruise 15–20 miles (24 –32 kilometers) offshore and drop your line in the deep waters with the possibility for multiple catches. Plus, choose from morning or afternoon departures to easily fit this half-day fishing trip into your schedule.
Land always remains in site, though weather permitting there is a chance to get adventurous and head 3 miles offshore. This 3.5-hour eco- fishing excursion targets redfish, shook, sleepyhead, mangrove snapper, lady fish, trout and pompano.
If you cast a line or catch and release, you need a fishing license. Someone who is passively participating (setting decoys, calling birds or baiting hooks), whether actively fishing or hunting or not, must have a license and appropriate permits.
Pursuant to Florida Statute 379.354, the following individuals are EXEMPT from recreational hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing licenses as well as Florida waterfowl, migratory bird, deer, turkey, shook, spiny lobster, archery, crossbow, muzzle loading and management area permit requirements (unless noted, these exemptions do not apply to federal duck stamp requirements): Youth under 16 years of age (also exempt from federal duck stamp requirements).
Disabled veterans or active or reserve duty military service members and their immediate family members and assistants, who are participating in a permitted outdoor recreational event, for which the Commission has issued a Military/Disabled Veteran Event License Exemption Permit to the event organizer. A fishpond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.
Florida's residents saltwater fishing from land or a structure fixed to land who have been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by DCF or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be in possession when fishing.
Florida's residents saltwater fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing -line-retrieval mechanism, for noncommercial purposes in their home county (does not include fish management areas within the home county).