On Saturday, Sept. 3, Florida residents and visitors will be able to fish in state saltwater fisheries without having to purchase a license. The day is part of eight total license-free fishing days offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) each year.
“As summer comes to a close, this license-free fishing day is a wonderful way for experienced anglers to introduce recreational fishing to family and friends while enjoying a day at the beach or on the water,” said Gary Jennings, manager of Keep Florida Fishing®. “Thank you to Gov. Rick Scott and the FWC for recognizing the importance of fishing in Florida by providing opportunities for novice anglers to discover the joys of fishing.”
“Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World and there is no better time than the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend to take advantage of Saturday’s license-free fishing on Florida’s saltwater shorelines,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries Policies Director for the American Sportfishing Association.
According to the FWC website, “free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents). All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply.”
Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), representing the interests of the recreational fishing community. Sportfishing is a major economic driver in the state, contributing to $9.3 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 123,000 Floridians.