Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with saltwater fishing without a license

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Complete your Thanksgiving holiday with some saltwater fishing without a license on Saturday, November 30. Unlicensed fishing days are an excellent way for Florida residents and visitors to go out into the water and discover why Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the world.

This day is part of the total of eight days of unlicensed fishing that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers each year when fishermen are not required to have a fishing license to participate. All baggage limits, enclosed areas and size restrictions apply on these dates. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/License. For fishing regulations and tips, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing. To renew or buy a fishing license, visit GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Seasonal closure of the bass crop in the Gulf begins on December 1

The recreational harvest season for bass is closed on December 1 in the state and federal waters of the Gulf, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed until February 29, 2020, reopening for harvest the March 1, 2020. Fishermen can continue to capture and release bass during the closed season.

Snook remains capturing and releasing only in state waters from the Hernando / Pasco County line to Gordon Pass in Collier County (including Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County) until May 31, 2020, in response to the impacts of The red tide Snook also has a regular season closing that runs from May 1 through August 31. At its February meeting, the FWC anticipates discussing whether the bass crop will be reopened in this area on March 1. Comment on this and other issues related to the red tide at MyFWC .com / Saltwater Comments.

The regular season closures are designed to help conserve the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather. The state and federal waters of the Atlantic, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, will remain closed from December 15 to January 31, 2020 and will be reopened to harvest on February 1, 2020.

Visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on "Recreational Regulation" and "Snook" for more information on snook. Improve data and report your capture in the Angler Action Foundation iAngler application at AnglerActionFoundation.com.


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