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Grab a fishing rod. It’s a license-free weekend.

June 13-14 is the last weekend to fish without a freshwater license this year.

If you’ve found yourself looking for a new hobby during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a chance to dive into something new this weekend.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering a license-free weekend Saturday and Sunday for freshwater fishing.

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After that, getting a license is easy (forms are accessible online) and relatively inexpensive. And in some cases, free.

If you decide you enjoy freshwater fishing this weekend and want to try some saltwater fishing, Florida residents can fish from land or a structure attached to land for saltwater fishing. Doing so requires anglers to get a no-cost resident recreational saltwater shoreline fishing license. This license does not cover fishing by boat or from an island reached by boat.

Fishing License Options
License Type Cost
Resident Annual Saltwater or Freshwater Fishing License $17
Resident Five-Year Saltwater or Freshwater Fishing License $79
Non-Resident Annual Saltwater or Freshwater Fishing License $47
Non-Resident Three-Day Saltwater or Freshwater Fishing License $17
Annual Resident Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing Combination License $32.50
Lifetime Saltwater or Freshwater Fishing License $301.50

It’s also important for novice anglers to remember that there is an executive order in place that prohibits keeping red drum, snook and spotted seatrout when caught. These measures will run through May 31, 2021.

Taking a fish out of season is considered a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or up to $500 in fines.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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