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Get Your Florida Saltwater Fishing License Online Before Your Trip

Updated on September 12, 2016

Fishing Pier at Cocoa Beach Florida

I hooked a lot of sheapshead and red snapper from this fishing pier.
I hooked a lot of sheapshead and red snapper from this fishing pier. | Source

More Salt water Fishing Tips for Brevard County Florida

Here are some more fishing tips for salt water fishing fun at the ocean or in the Indian River lagoon in Brevard County Florida. Salt water fishing is family fun, so take them fishing under a causeway or off a fishing pier, whether you are fishing for Snook, Redfish, or even having some laughs catching Blue Crabs with a string. Making sure to set up your fishing pole correctly will make your fishing day a success. A great way to start your fishing day is to catch some fish bait by casting your own cast net. Then at sunset, end the day by cleaning your many varieties of fish with your set of fishing knives. You can give back by casting the guts and skin back into the river to feed the many crabs and bottom fish to eat. Even the pelicans will thank you for this treat.

Hard Card Salt Water Fishing License

My Ontario Fishing licenses card resembles what the five year Salt Water fishing hard card is. The paper license is a salt water fishing license that you need to carry on your person the entire time you are fishing. If you cannot produce a salt water fishing license when asked by a Marine Patrol Officer you could be subject to fines and confiscation of your fishing equipment or more.

Salt Water Fishing Fun

Get a license and have some fun salt water fishing
Get a license and have some fun salt water fishing | Source

Salt Water or Fresh Water Fishing licenses

In Florida you need a different fishing license for fresh water than you do for salt water fishing. You cannot buy a salt water license and catch fresh water fish. Florida residents and non-residents pay different fees. You have a choice of three different licences. A one year license, 5 year license or a lifetime license.

Ninety percent of the money collected from fishing licenses goes to Marine Research, fish hatcheries, habitat restoration, building artificial reefs and law enforcement. You are contributing to the conservation of the fishing industry ,for use in the future for your kids, by buying a salt water fishing license.

A resident is defined by anyone who has resided in Florida for six months, United States Armed Forces who reside in the state, or any student who lives in the state. Anyone holding a Florida Driver's license can buy a Florida residents salt water fishing license.

TIP: You don't need a Florida Salt water fishing license if:

You are under 16. You are a Florida resident fishing from land. You are a retired Florida resident. You are fishing from a pier that holds a Salt water fishing license. If you are a certified, permanently disabled person, living in Florida, you can get a permanent saltwater fishing license for free.

You can buy a Florida saltwater fishing license from any county tax office or from most bait and tackle shops. You can also purchase a salt water fishing license online.

Red Fish at Sebastion Inlet

Salt Water Fishing Licences

RESIDENTS License Costs

one year- $17.00

five year-$79.00 plus $5.00 for hard card

Lifetime resident only card- 13 Years and Up- $1001.50

You also need to buy a $10.00 tag to fish for Snook and a $51.50 tag to catch a Tarpon.


one year - $47.00

3 days -$17.00

7 Days- $30.00 plus the same amounts for Snook and Tarpon Tags. Even if you don't keep these fish you still need a tag to have them in your possession.

Florida Snook Fishing

Salt Water Fishing Rules for Sport Fish

There are specific rules for catching sport game fish. The six main game fish in Florida salt waters are Red-fish, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish,Sailfish and Permit fish over 20 inches in length.

The game fish most likely caught are Red fish, Snook and Tarpon.

Red fish cannot be kept if under 18 inches or over 27 inches and can only keep one per day.

Snook fish cannot be kept if less than 28 inches or more than 34 inches. The season for Snook is closed from December 15 to January 31 plus June, July and August State wide. A snook tag is required when a Florida salt water fishing license is required. You can keep two snook per day.

Tapon fish you need a $50.00 tag to keep them and are allowed to keep two Taron per fishing day.

If you buy the proper Salt water fishing licenses with the tags, you will have no problems fishing in the salt and brine waters of the Florida Coastal and inter-coastal waters.

Have a great Fishing day!

Tarpon Fishing on a Florida Beach

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes ninety percent of the money goes to preserve Florida's marine life and supports the Florida Marine Patrol. It is a win win to bget a fishing license. Thank you for stopping in to comment. Have a great day.

      That is a true fact Lipnancy. Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate your time.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      We all have to follow the rules with fishing. I do not know a true sportmen who wants to drain our resources

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Suzzy - I like the fact that some of the money for the licensing fees goes back into the preservation of the environment, law enforcement and hatcheries.

      Another interesting and useful hub.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow that was a long time ago. I love Vero Beach with it's quaint uptown area to shop in. There is great fishing in Vero also. Thank you movingout for your comment.

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      movingout 5 years ago from Georgia

      Being from Vero Beach, I fished many of these waters. Back before there was a bridge across Sebastian Inlet and wooden bridges at Wabasso. Very informative! Voted up!

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you peachpurple for stopping in to comment. The fishing license money goes to conserve our marine life. I am sure your fish are just as fun to catch and are as tasty as ours. Thanks for the vote.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I didn't know that you need a license to fish in western countries. Over here in Malaysia, many people cast their fishing rods into the sea without any license either. Of course, we don't have big fishes as tarpon or snook fish, just the normal archovies, talipia and gelam, small prey. Voted useful

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you WillStarr. The fact your Grampa got in trouble makes this memory all the better. Florida would have been swamp back then but I can only imagine the fish stories from that era.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We both got badly sunburned, and Grandpa really caught it for that when we got back to Dunnellon (a little tourist town) that night. It's a great memory. That was in the early 50's when Florida was still mostly swamp.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's a great memory Willstarr. I love to hear comments like yours. Thank you. I hope you find the picture.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Many, many years ago, my grandfather took my cousin and me fishing off the wharf at Cedar Key Fl. We used up all his live shrimp bait on a school of trash fish! I still have that photo somewhere.

      Good Hub!