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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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