TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering a drop in the cost of the state's lifetime hunting and fishing licenses.
But the catch is the break will only last for a brief time and it is available only for state residents 21 years old or younger.
Scott on Thursday ordered the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the cost of a "lifetime sportsman's license" to $500 for young people. It currently costs $1001 for anyone 13 and older.
The fee drop is available from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31.
"This Lifetime Sportsman's License will provide Florida's youth with the opportunity to spend time outdoors with their families. Fishing and hunting are time-honored traditions in our state, and I encourage all Floridians to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors."
A Florida resident who buys the license can use it for hunting as well as both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Riley Rousseau from Gainesville, FL,caught a nice gag while using live pinfish out of Sea Hag Marina Steinhatchee.
Mike Dean from Jacksonville, Florida, reeled in this beautiful 30 inch, 10 lb redfish in Sisters Creek while fishing early in the morning.
Early bird gets the worm!
Mary Jane Hayes with Eric Hayes and Jerri Lynn Hayes scooped up some blue crabs out of Keaton Beach this week!
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A good-looking Florida Snapper caught out of Sea Hag Marina Steinhatchee!
Justin Myers from Lenox, GA, with a monster 38" redfish caught and released Sunday after totally limiting out on trout both
Saturday and Sunday!
Charlie Walters checking his recreational stone crab traps.
Florida STONE CRAB Regulations:
Gulf State Waters
Minimum Size Limit
2 3/4-inch claw
Daily Bag Limit
1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less
*Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited
Legal Gear: stone crab trap (max. 5 per person), dip or landing net
Illegal Gear: Any device that can puncture, crush or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks or similar devices.
Maximum trap size is 24 inches by 24 inches by 24 inches or a volume of 8 cubic feet
Traps can be made from either wood, wire or plastic
The throat or entrance must be 5 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches
If the throat or entrance is round, it cannot exceed 5 inches in diameter
The trap must have a degradable panel that is 5 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches and is made of cypress or untreated pine slat no thicker than ¾ of an inch
Harvester name and address must be permanently affixed and legible
The buoy must be no smaller than 6 inches and must be marked with a legible "R" that is at least 2 inches tall.
Buoys are not required if trap is fished from a dock.
Traps must be pulled manually (not by a trap-puller). Any vessel that is rigged with a trap-puller will be considered a commercial vessel and the appropriate licenses will be required.
Traps must be pulled only during daylight hours.
Traps must not be placed in navigational channels of the Intracoastal waterways, or in navigational channels maintained and marked by any county, municipal, state or federal governmental agency.
State Waters Harvest Seasons:
Open Oct. 15 - May 15
Photo of the Week for
November 19, 2014
Ken and Brenda Owens caught this full board of trout while staying in one of the cozy Sea Hag shacks! Looking good!
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