Get Outdoors: September 1 is license-free saltwater fishing in Florida

Fishermen reeling them in! (credit: Panama City Beach)

Fishermen reeling them in! (credit: Panama City Beach)

Florida News: Saltwater fishing without a license throughout Florida today only

If you want to get outdoors for Labor Day weekend and have never tried saltwater fishing, her’s your opportunity. For one day only, you can try saltwater fishing without needing to pick up a recreational fishing license and it’s today only – September 1, 2012. We let you know in an article earlier this year when all the license-free fishing days in Florida were and this is the last one – so try your hand at this fishing sport if you never have!

What you can catch

If you don’t want to get caught up in the regulations or worrying which water boundaries you are in, Gag grouper is open for fishing in both state and federal waters. As far as in season, both bay scallop and spiny lobster are open to catch. If you don’t want to head out into open waters you can catch near-shore species such as red drum or spotted seatrout.

Get your questions answered

If this is your first time trying the sport, Marine Fisheries staff from the Florida Wildlife Commission will be dockside at the following locations to answer questions and hand out Saltwater Regulation pamphlets and Fishing Lines magazine from approximately 7 a.m. till mid-afternoon:

  • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla County
  • Cedar Key Public Pier and Marina


There are a number of regulations you should be familiar with, such as bag restrictions, season and minimum size limits – check out the FWC chart for those that apply to the species you’re catching. Note that state waters are up to 3 nautical miles on the Atlantic Ocean and 9 nautical miles on the Gulf of Mexico. Once you go beyond these boundaries, federal rules apply.

Tell us…

What’s your favorite type of fishing?