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Florida's Saltwater Fishing License
You need to carry a saltwater fishing license—paper or waterproof "hard card"—on your person the entire time you are fishing. If you cannot produce a saltwater fishing license when asked by a Marine Patrol Officer, you could be subject to fines and confiscation of your fishing equipment or more.
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Who Needs a Saltwater Fishing License in Florida
In Florida you need a different fishing license for fresh water than you do for saltwater fishing. You cannot use a saltwater license to catch freshwater fish.
Florida residents and non-residents pay different fees. You have a choice of three different licences: a one year license, a five-year license or (for residents) a lifetime license.
Ninety percent of the money collected from fishing licenses goes to marine research, fish hatcheries, habitat restoration, building artificial reefs and law enforcement. You are contributing to the conservation of the fishing industry, for use in the future for your kids, by buying a saltwater fishing license.
A resident is defined as anyone who has resided in Florida for six months, United States Armed Forces who reside in the state, or any student who lives in the state. Anyone holding a Florida Driver's license can buy a Florida resident's salt water fishing license.
TIP: You don't need a Florida saltwater fishing license if:
- You are under 16.
- You are a Florida resident fishing from land.
- You are a retired Florida resident.
- You are fishing from a pier that holds a Salt water fishing license.
If you are a certified, permanently disabled person, living in Florida, you can get a permanent saltwater fishing license for free.
You can buy a Florida saltwater fishing license from any county tax office or from most bait and tackle shops. You can also purchase a salt water fishing license online.
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Saltwater Fishing License Costs
Resident License Costs
One-year: $17.00, plus $5.00 if you want a hard card
Five-year: $79.00 plus $5.00 for hard card
Lifetime resident-only card (13 Years and Up): $1001.50
You also need to buy a $10.00 tag to fish for snook and a $51.50 tag to catch a tarpon.
Non-Resident License Costs
One Year: $47.00
3 Days: $17.00
7 Days: $30.00, plus the same amounts for snook and tarpon tags. Even if you don't keep these fish, you still need a tag to have them in your possession.
Florida Snook Fishing
Salt Water Fishing Rules for Sport Fish
There are specific rules for catching sport game fish. The six main game fish in Florida saltwater are:
- permit fish over 20 inches in length
The game fish most often caught are redfish, snook and tarpon.
Redfish cannot be kept if under 18 inches or over 27 inches, and you can only keep one per day.
Snook cannot be kept if less than 28 inches or more than 34 inches, and you can only keep two per day. The season for snook is closed statewide from December 15 to January 31, plus June, July and August. A snook tag is required in addition to a Florida salt water fishing license. You can keep two snook per day.
You need a $50.00 tag to keep tarpon and are allowed to keep two per fishing day.
If you buy the proper saltwater fishing licenses with the tags, you will have no problems fishing in the salt and brine waters of Florida's coastal and intercoastal waters.
Have a great day fishing!