Florida Saltwater Fishing
The number of species of fish you can find while saltwater fishing in Central Florida is nearly endless. Should you opt to have your Florida fishing guide take you on a saltwater tour, he or she will doubtless go over many of the species with you. Instead, we would like to share with you some of the regulations we've learned about saltwater fishing in Florida.
There are only certain types of nets that you may use for recreational fishing purposes in Central Florida waters. Bully nets are allowed for lobster only, otherwise you may use landing or dip nets, cast nets, push nets, beach or haul seines. Recreational seines may have a maximum of 500 sqare feet of mesh area, and no larger than 2" stretch mesh.
Cast nets may not measure greater than a stretched length of fourteen feet. Stretched length is defined as the distance from the horn at the center of the net, with the net gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line. All fishes harvested with a cast net must adhere to the regulations set for that species in Central Florida including size limit, bag limit, and season.
Traps must be used in recreational fishing for stone crab, blue crab, shrimp, pinfish, and black sea bass, subject to the appropriate Central Florida regulations.
Hook-and-Line anglers must tend their gear at all times to prevent people, marine life, and shore life from becoming entangled in the line or injured by the hooks while they are fishing. Also, it is against the law to intentionally discard any monofilament netting or line into or onto the waters of Central Florida (or anywhere else in Florida). Monofilament line can and does entangle birds, marine mammals, marine turtles, and fish, often killing or injuring them.
Spearing is defined as "the catching or taking of a fish by bowhunting, gigging, spearfishing, or any device used to capture a fish by piercing its body. Spearing does not include the catching or taking of a fish by a hook with hook and line gear or by snagging (snatch hooking)." The use of powerheads, bangsticks, and rebreathers remains prohibited in Central Florida.