Florida hosts free saltwater fishing on Saturday

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida likes to consider itself the fishing capital of the world and this weekend everyone gets a chance to enjoy it for free.

Saturday is a license-free saltwater fishing day in Florida. Anyone can cast a line from shore, a pier or a boat without the usual fishing license that costs $17.

Amanda Nalley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says you have many fishing opportunities around Florida with its 1,200 miles of coastline.

"We have so many different varieties of fish and different habitats that people can fish in from the shoreline to deep sea fishing for things like grouper, to fishing the flats, or going out in a canoe or a kayak and experiencing those kind of brackish water area."

Nalley says residents and visitors are encouraged to participate.

"This is a great opportunity for our visitors and our residents to be able to experience the great saltwater fishing that we have here in the state of Florida and really get out there and maybe show some of their friends who don't normally come out and fish or even take their kids out fishing."

Even though you won't need a fishing license on Saturday, you'll still have to follow the normal rules for bag limits, size restrictions and seasons.

You'll get another chance to fish for free on Saturday, June 8 when Florida hosts license-free freshwater fishing day.

Check out MyFWC.com/Fishing for fishing tips, locations and rules.

Dave Heller

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