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Free saltwater fishing in Florida on Sunday

3:43 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- You get a chance this weekend to enjoy saltwater fishing in Florida for free.

Sunday is a saltwater license-free fishing day across Florida and that means you don't have to buy a recreational fishing license to take part.

You can fish from the shore, a pier or a boat without buying the usual $17 license.

Amanda Nalley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it's a great chance to take friends out on the water who don't fish, or share the experience with your children.

"If you're a parent and you have a child that's under 16, those children are already going to be exempt so it's a great opportunity to get out on the water and share Florida fishing with them."

This is the fourth license-free fishing day in Florida this year. However at its meeting next week, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider adding four more free days before the end of the year.

If commissioners approve that plan, Nalley says then Florida will offer eight days of free fishing annually.

"Florida is the fishing capital of the world. We have some excellent fishing opportunities, especially this time of year for this license-free fishing day in particular. For example, bay scallop season is open. That's a great family-friendly event that happens on our Gulf Coast. A lot of people travel from all over the state to partake in it."

Even though you can saltwater fish for free on Sunday, you'll still have to follow state rules for bag limits, size limits and seasons.

You can check out those rules at and click on the Fishing tab.

Dave Heller

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