Rick Scott and FWC announce saltwater license-free fishing day

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Gov. Rick Scott and the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission declared Saturday, Nov. 29 as a license-free saltwater fishing day.

On this day, Florida residents and visitors can enjoy the state’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities first hand without a recreational saltwater fishing license.

“Florida is the fishing capital of the world and this saltwater license-free fishing day is a great opportunity to introduce friends and family to the joys of fishing during the holiday season. Florida has many natural treasures and I encourage all Floridians and visitors to head to Florida’s coast and experience Florida saltwater fishing.”

Florida offers eight license-free fishing opportunities a year including four in freshwater and four in saltwater.

Annual licenses for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at License.MyFWC.com. All fishing license fees support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration projects.

All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates. For fishing tips, locations and rules, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.