No Fishing Fines This Weekend

By: Captiol News Service
By: Captiol News Service

The state won't fine people who fish in saltwater without a fishing license this weekend and Father's day weekend. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Director Nick Wiley hopes the promotion will encourage people to make a hobby of the sport and generate some tourism dollars.

Mr. Wiley says, "We want to get them hooked. We want them to see how fun it is. It also is a major economic engine for the state of Florida. Fishing generates 5.4 billion dollars in the state of florida. economic times."

The license free fishing weekends begin this Saturday and Sunday and will continue Father's Day weekend. And again it is only for salt-water fishing.


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  • by J Location: Wakulla on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Every single person who has commented so far has NO SENSE. I pay and will be paying for a fishing license for my entire life. It sucks, but I am OK with it, because it brings in money for fishery programs. There are rules and regulations in place for a reason. If ANY of you had ANY idea what you were talking about, you would understand this. The Gulf is overfished. If we could keep 15 trout and 5 reds a piece here, they would be endangered in no time. And then even more strict regulations would follow. Do not comment on things that you have no business commenting on!
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      by hook line & sinker on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to J
      J. in wakulla... do your homework. once you become "legally" disabled OR reach the age of 67, you can apply for a hunting / fishing "free of cost" license. it is good for 3 yrs. then you just send a new form in and POOFFFF you get another 3 yr "free" license.
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        by big shady on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM in reply to hook line & sinker
        Last time I checked Louisiana came into contact with the Gulf. So they cant over fish the waters of Louisiana, but Floridas fish would disappear right before our eyes?
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      by big shady on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to J
      and if you think recreational anglers are overfishing the gulf you have bumped your head. If anyone is overfishing anything its the COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN
  • by DD Location: WLK on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    IF YALL REALLY WANT MORE PEOPLE TO FISH, BUILD MORE BOAT LANDINGS.
  • by Kracker Location: town on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Whoopie!!! Go buy a fishin` license and not be able to keep anything!
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      by big shady on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:35 AM in reply to Kracker
      Yeah you can!! Two grouper! One Snapper! One Redfish!! After all the Gulf of Mexico is so small and gets outfished so quickly!! (sarcasm) You can motor on over to the waters of Louisiana and keep 15 trout and 5 redfish. Doesnt make much sense.
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        by big shady on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to big shady
        and now you can go catch and release grouper and snapper fishing!!
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    71 years and I've never been able to find out how they got around the Bill of Rights to charge $$$$ much less fine We the People for hunting or fishing bummer. (sad)
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      by Ura Nidiot on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:39 AM in reply to Surprise
      Idiots like you want to use "them" abusing the "Bill of Rights" to cover up all the stuff you think you're too good to pay for or take responsibility for. Move to another country and see how you like it there.
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        by big shady on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to Ura Nidiot
        I believe the idiot is you. What he/she is getting at is that hunting and fishing have been around since man could walk upright and about 50 years ago they decided they were going to make people "pay" to go hunting and fishing. If you havent paid for your proper license you get "fined" for enjoying what god created. I agree (SAD)
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          by Ura Nidiot on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to big shady
          I disagree. Without a structure for estimating fish and game populations, and setting limits on what can be taken, people like "Surprise" would have killed EVERYTHING long ago. Leave your "god" out of this - it's a figment of your imagination and the product of centuries of brainwashing.
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          by big shady on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to big shady
          What do limits/wildlife populations have to do with buying a hunting/fishing license and getting fined? BTW I dont have a god, I threw it out there since "Surprise" is 71, I figured he was a believer. You seemed to have taken offense, do you work for FWC?
  • by Ole Hickory Location: Marietta, Georgia on May 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM
    So it's a crime, every-other day of the year? Hmmm?...
  • by big shady on May 31, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    LOLOLOL
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