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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Consequences of not having a fishing license

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by admin

    I created a post earlier this week discussing the overview of how, when and where to obtain a fishing license. I talked a little about the need for a fishing license when you are fishing in a location (particularly a different state) from where you normally fish. Typically, given that we sell bass baits for largemouth bass, my comments were directed toward freshwater fishermen. However, the need for a fishing license certainly holds true for saltwater fishing as well. An article that made its rounds this week makes the point painfully clear. The article recites the story concerning the fishing crew from 2010’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament that hooked a massive 883-pound marlin. Not only did the crew hook the massive marlin, they were actually able to boat the beast. With a prize amount approaching one Million dollars - $910,000 to be exact - you can imagine the excitement that the crew felt. However, apparently after the marlin was boated, the crew performed a check-down of the tournament rules on the ride back to the dock. One of the rules - number 9 in the manual - states that there are two specific types of fishing licenses needed - a "special migratory species" permit and everyone aboard who participated in landing any particular fish must have a standard fishing license. First Mate Peter Wann realized that he did not have a valid fishing license. From published reports, apparently Mr. Wann was under the belief that there was a blanket license that covered all aboard. When the crew came to the conclusion that a fishing license was necessary, Mr. Wann used a laptop to purchase the license on the way back to shore. However, the tournament officials realized the timing difference and disqualified the team. That, of course, started a court case that is now before the North Carolina Supreme Court.

    You can see by this story why a fishing license is so important. You may not be in the position to win $1 million, but just knowing you are doing what is right should be its own reward. Plus, in most states, the money is used for conservation purposes, such as studying the life cycle of largemouth bass, the migration patterns of trout and the weight and production of bluefin tuna and marlin.

    Stay tuned to our blog as we weekly talk about the requirements of each obtaining a fishing license in each of the different states. As a precursor, here's a video we had created for determining if a freshwater fishing license is needed in Florida:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0BuLvm8L3g


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  • How to obtain a fishing license

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by admin

    We have received a lot of emails from largemouth bass (among other) fishermen who didn't know how, when or where to obtain a fishing license. Depending on the state, it can be rather confusing as to who is required to have a license, when a license is required and how to obtain a license if one is indeed necessary. The issue becomes more confusing when you take in consideration that a lot of bass fishermen go on vacation to different states and will need to know the requirements of the state in which they are fishing. Some of the good news is that most states have similar rules to one another. The bad news is that most states require a fishing license even if you are not a resident of the state in which you are fishing. For example, if you are fishing in Florida, here's the rule on if a fishing license is required:

    A fishing license is required to attempt to take fish. If you cast your line, catch nothing, catch and release, or catch and keep and you are not in a specifically exempt group; you need a license.

    For example, a lot of states allow for exemptions for those who are younger then 16 years of age. This is good for the industry since it's great to introduce young people to the industry when they are young and it allows them to fall in love with fishing, as we all have. We, as an industry and as a government, should encourage young people to fish without worry about the requirement of obtaining a fishing license or being 'outside' the law.

    Another age exemption that you will typically find in most states is for those who are older then 65 years of age. This is also an exemption that I think we can all find as acceptable. Most older persons have the time to go fishing and they should be honored for all that they have done to build our society. With the two exemptions mentioned, we are encouraging grandparents to take grandchildren fishing.

    Therefore, based on this statement, unless you fall in a vary narrow list of exempt groups, you will need a fishing license. Upon reviewing most other states' requirements, they are all rather similar. Typically, a fishing license -even a temporary one- is required even to attempt to take fish.

    As you can imagine, this is a very difficult issue that has a lot of different requirements and requirements. In an attempt to help unravel the requirements and help. we have created a couple of videos. Even though the videos are more for amusement then hard facts, it is meant to start a conversation as to what the requirements are. If we find enough confusion about what the requirements really are, we will create specific videos for each state. To view our videos, visit our Youtube page or see the video direct here: http://youtu.be/M-w43nZSjQc .

    Regardless if we make videos, we are starting 2013 with the idea to blog extensively this year about who, how and the when of obtaining fishing license and largemouth bass fishing. Stay tuned!


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