Florida has many wildlife creatures, including our fish population. In fact, Florida has a very high tourist population rate and one of the main contributing factors to that rate is from hunting and fishing the wildlife. Florida Fishing can be done as recreational or as a sport, either way it is fun for everyone, but there are some dos and don’ts when it comes to fishing in Florida’s beautiful waters, whether it is in the ocean, lakes, or ponds.
Florida Fishing Dos and Don’ts
Do Follow Florida fishing state laws. Florida has approximately 12,133 square miles of water, that is a lot of room for fish and for people to fish. But not all those fish are allowed to be caught from fishing. There are over 200 native species of freshwater and 500 native species of saltwater fish that are protected and managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC).
Florida fishing laws are enforced by the FWC and other law enforcement agencies that provide homeland security. The laws are created by research with scientists on the Florida environment and wildlife that life in it. It is important to follow the rules that are enforced because they are there for a reason: to protect the environment, which is beneficial to humans and provides resources.
Do Respect private property. Residences take pride in the property they own and would disapprove if it were to get damaged. Private property can be indicated by a sign that usually says ‘Private Property”. If you would like to fish on property that is private, you should always ask permission.
Do Be Cautious. Even an experienced fisherman should still fish with caution. If you are going out on a boat alone, you should always tell someone. Water, sharp hooks, and fishing rods may not look dangerous, but they can be in the wrong situation. Always carry a first aid kit while fishing.
Don’t Keep Fish you aren’t going to eat. If you are fishing in waters that are not harmful then you can keep the fish that you will end up eating. It is wasteful to the fish and wildlife when they are taken out of the water and not used for anything.
Do Clean and dry your boots and gear after ever trip. This will prevent the transmissions of invasive species.
Fishing can be a relaxing and fun sport on your downtime. Just remember you are sharing the water with everyone else and the environment. It is always good to practice safe fishing and be prepared before you start.