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Gulf of Mexico fishing

Hi all,

Jill and I are getting ready for this years cruise. We plan to drop in around the New Orleans area, then sail east as far the Tampa area. We expect to take about 6 months or so.

My question is, what's required for saltwater fishing? Do they want a license for each state? If so, I will wait till we get to the Florida area. If I need a Florida license, can I get it on the web?

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Re: Gulf of Mexico fishing

I'm no wildlife agent, but I would think one would need a license to fish inside the territorial waters of a state (12NM?). I believe it is on the charts.

Apparently my home state of MS allows on line application:

https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/hunting_fishing/

Florida has a number of options for application for non-resident license:

https://public.myfwc.com/CrossDOI/LP...seDetails.aspx

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Re: Gulf of Mexico fishing

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THANKS for the reply! And the nice words about our boat.

After fishing in the Sea of Cortez, fishing in the Gulf of Mexico looks a lot more complicated. I guess I will figure it out. I may just wait till I get there and then find a place to purchase a lic. I see I can get it on line, but in person may be better as I can ask questions.

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Re: Gulf of Mexico fishing

Mississippi also allows for a non-resident license good for a few days:

MDWFP - Fishing License
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Re: Gulf of Mexico fishing

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THANKS for the link.

We expect our stay in Mississippi to only be a couple of weeks as we sail on toward Florida. So we may just not do any fishing during our transit. We only "meat" fish, not sport fish. And I am sure our supplies will not be to low as there looks like so many places to stop along the way.

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Re: Gulf of Mexico fishing

In Florida you can get Saltwater license online or on the phone for year $47+3 fee=$50.
You get a Number that you can use to prove you bought it (I gave number to Fish & wildlife guy). Fresh water license is another $50.
If you are caught in Alabama without license, $fine$, but also can take your boat.
Gulfport, Ms; I've been told of very nice inexpensive Marinas, and near the casinos & Food buffets in Biloxi. Cadet Marina.
@ 2 miles East of SHALLOW Mobile Bay entrance (marked by wood posts) is a Fish Haven on chart that is good fishing with 7 inch lures while trolling.....
Florida fishing rules and license rules need to be interpreted by a Lawyer. But if you are Releasing fish, no problem. **If you travel in the Gulf from Ms into Florida you are almost always arriving at the next exit(pass) off of the Gulf at nightfall to reach an
Ancorage or Marina. The intracoastal waterway is good if you have the gas. See Lulu's, Orange Beach.
Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters see;http://www.gulfcouncil.org/Beta/GMFM...20Brochure.pdf
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Re: Gulf of Mexico fishing

Sidney777,

Thanks for the info and the info and link. That link is the type of info I was looking for. I can print it out and have it aboard.

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