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Time to get crackin’; spiny lobster seasons starts July 26

The 2017 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 26 and 27, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Here is what you need to know before you go. Where to harvest Know where you can go. Lobster harvest is always prohibited in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne Bay-Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary,...

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting June 16

Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters. The 39-day season is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, June 16, through Monday, Sept. 4. Also included are Monday...

It’s official: Red snapper season extended through Nov. 21

Season opens Oct. 1 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Anglers got some good news on Sept. 2 as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) agreed to reopen the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters for eight straight three-day weekends this fall.  This action coincides with a proposed open season for red snapper that is expected to be implemented in Gulf federal waters off of Florida on the same dates. “This is just...

Walton County fishing report for July 7

Fish is on everywhere! King mackerel, grouper, snapper, mingo and all the amberjack you can catch Fresh: River is good!  Shellcracker, bluegill, warmouth, catfish Bay: Big drums around 2-50 lbs., speckled trout, redfish is day-to-day Saltwater: Fish is on! Offshore: King mackerel, grouper, snapper, mingo and all the amberjack you can catch. Inshore: black snapper, grouper are being caught along the jetties. “I enjoyed being at the beach at Seacrest this fourth of July and enjoying the fireworks off the...

Florida state wide bass tournament offering million dollar bounty

To encourage bass anglers to catch and properly report the next Florida state record bass, Bounty Fishing is hosting a million dollar bass bounty Florida Fish Busters’ Bulletin by Bob Wattendorf Many of you know about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Florida Black Bass Management plan.  In fact many of you have taken the opportunity to provide input via surveys at fishing shows, fishing club meetings or other venues. That information, along with scientific information about bass...

FWC responds to widespread cold-weather saltwater fish kills with temporary closures

Snook closure extended until September, temporarily closes bonefish and tarpon season until April Catch-and-release fishing still allowed •    Executive Order 10-02 (Dead Fish) Click here •    Executive Order 10-03 (Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish) Click here The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued executive orders to protect Florida’s snook, bonefish and tarpon fisheries from further harm caused by the recent prolonged cold weather in the state, which has caused widespread saltwater fish kills.  The FWC has received numerous reports...

FWC acts on more protection for sharks

New rules to take effect in mid-January and prohibit harvest of sandbar, siky and Caribbean sharpnose The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Dec. 10 approved a series of rules to enhance its long-standing policy to protect stressed shark populations in Florida waters. These rules also are generally consistent with recent management measures that have been implemented for sharks in coastal waters from Florida to Maine. Sharks have been strictly regulated in Florida since 1992 with a one-fish-per-person/two-fish-per-vessel...

Sport fishing for greater amberjack set to close in Gulf federal waters

National Marine Fisheries Service states quota has been met The recreational harvest and possession of greater amberjack in or from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will be prohibited from Oct. 24 through Dec. 31.  Federal waters extend beyond nine nautical miles from shore in the Gulf off Florida.  The National Marine Fisheries Service announced this closure because an established annual recreational harvest quota for greater amberjack in the Gulf has been met. In addition, a person aboard a...

Gulf red snapper sport season closes Aug. 15

Season to reopen on June 1, 2010 The recreational harvest season for red snapper in all waters of the Gulf of Mexico off Florida closes on Aug. 15.  This closure will help rebuild overfished red snapper stocks in the Gulf so anglers can enjoy better red snapper fishing in the future. The recreational harvest of Gulf red snapper is scheduled to reopen on June 1 next year.  More information about red snapper management and regulations is available online at MyFWC.com/RulesAndRegs/Saltwater_Regulations_Snapper.htm....

Bay scallop season opens July 1

Time to head over to St. Joe Bay! The recreational harvest season for bay scallops begins July 1 and continues through Sept. 10.  Open scalloping areas on Florida’s Gulf coast extend from the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line near Aripeka. You can take bay scallops only within the allowable harvest areas.  It is illegal to possess bay scallops while you’re in or on state waters outside the open harvest areas,...

Snapper season now shortened to June 1 – Aug. 1

FWC acts to rebuild Gulf red snapper stocks The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday voted to adjust the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters to account for over-harvests in 2008.  The Commission took this action after receiving support from several fishing groups and conservation organizations at its public hearing in Crystal River....

Shoreline anglers need to buy license by Aug. 1

No need if you already posses a regular saltwater fishing license Florida’s resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore will need to buy a $7.50 (plus administrative and handling fees) shoreline fishing license by Aug. 1, unless they have a regular resident saltwater fishing license. The new license applies only to Florida resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore. Resident anglers may prefer to purchase the regular recreational saltwater license that covers them, no...