FL Fish & Wildlife Commission Fishing Report

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  • Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Panama City Beach
    Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Panama City Beach -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on July 28 and an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic on July 29, both in Panama City Beach.

    The free, day-long clinics are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane.

    Advance registration is required.To register, go to MyFWC.com, External Website click on “Calendar” and select “Fishing Clinics – Adult and Women’s” from the drop-down menu “All Categories.” If you have issues registering or have other questions, email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554.

    The Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic is for women and men 18 years of age or older, with no prior saltwater fishing experience needed.

    Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems, all in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

    Lessons include knot tying, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

    If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore or a pier. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

    Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

Double R's Fishing and Tour Company
Double R's Fishing & Tours Co. - 25000 Tamiami Trail East - Port of the Islands, Naples, FL 34114-9602 | 239-642-9779
Experience some of the best charter fishing south Florida has to offer. Our captains have 30+ years of experience to help make your Naples / Marco Island fishing trip one to remember. Fishing in an estuary is a unique esperience! You'll fish for Snook, Red Snapper, Drum Tarpon, Trout, Tripletail, Shark, Grouper, or Pompano. These are just a few of the many species in the 10,000 Islands.
Visit Double R's Fishing Tours Website


Captain Phil DeVille Fishing Charters
Capt. Phil DeVille – 10,000 Islands Backwaters - Everglades National Park Fishing Tours, Port of the Islands, Naples, FL | 239-293-5480
Share Captain Phil's passion for the Ten Thousand Islands - Florida Everglades charter fishing trips. Fish for Snook, Red Fish, Trout, Snapper, Flounder and more from a 17' Mitzi Skiff Flats Boatfish. Over 15 varieties of edible fish and great sport fishing. Up to 189 species of birds may be seen in a single trip. View alligators, crocodiles, osprey, eagles, dolphin, and manatee.
View Captain Phil DeVille's Website


Sunshine Fishing Charters Marco Island FL
Sunshine Tours and Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours offers the best in Offshore, Back Country and Near Coastal Fishing, Island Shelling and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provide unsurpassed on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private fishing charters available.
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Outgoing Charters Captain Jesse Hill
Outgoing Charters - Captain Jesse Hill, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Port of the Islands, FL | 239-825-6283
At Outgoing Charters the customer comes first. Whether it's family fun or hardcore fishing, Captain Jesse Hill is a 4th generation native guide who will cater to your specific wants and needs. Light tackle, back country fishing in Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands. Fish for redfish, snook and more. You'll enjoy a comfortable boat with quality gear. Captain Jesse's ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations.
Visit Outgoing Charters Everglades Fishing Website

  • Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Panama City Beach
    Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Panama City Beach -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on July 28 and an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic on July 29, both in Panama City Beach.

    The free, day-long clinics are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane.

    Advance registration is required.To register, go to MyFWC.com, External Website click on “Calendar” and select “Fishing Clinics – Adult and Women’s” from the drop-down menu “All Categories.” If you have issues registering or have other questions, email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554.

    The Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic is for women and men 18 years of age or older, with no prior saltwater fishing experience needed.

    Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems, all in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

    Lessons include knot tying, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

    If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore or a pier. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

    Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

  • Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 18
    Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 18 -

    Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw External Website

    Photos (Flickr): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmkZ5fhR External Website   

    Numbers update

    As of this week:

    • 615 people have registered.
    • 109 people have submitted lionfish (93 recreational, 16 commercial).
    • 11,614 lionfish removed.
    • 48 tagged-lionfish removed (six in the Atlantic and 42 in the Gulf).
    • 53 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.

    A message to our harvesters

    Our harvesters are doing great, but there are still tagged lionfish to be found on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. While the exact reef locations are secret, here’s a hint: Find your next lionfish off the county seat of Jacksonville or its saintly neighbor to the south.

    Recent Winners

    • July 8, Volusia County: Scott Housel of Debary, GoPro Hero5 Camera

     Upcoming Raffle Drawings

    • July 25 and Aug. 8
    • All qualified participants (submission of 25 lionfish or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered into drawing. Prizes include 4-foot JBL pole spear from Florida Underwater Sports, Dive Rite surface marker tube, Lionator pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba, Color-Dive Lenses from Customatic Optics and YETI tumblers.

    Background

    The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lionfish were tagged at 50 public artificial reefs across the state between the depths of 80-120 feet.

    Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

    Lobster for Lionfish: There’s still time to submit your qualifying 25 lionfish to receive a commemorative coin that allows you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day mini-season, July 25-26. Please submit your tails no later than July 23.

    Links

    Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing our new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Website at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

    Facebook

    Website

    Download Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (Vimeo):https://bit.ly/2He4Wjq External Website

  • Recreational red snapper season closes July 21 in Gulf state and federal waters
    Recreational red snapper season closes July 21 in Gulf state and federal waters -

    Photo: http://bit.ly/2Ev3mYb External Website 
    Video: https://youtu.be/NIysFz90Jb0 External Website 

    If you haven’t made it out yet, the red snapper season for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels and for charter captains who do not have a federal reef fish permit is open through July 20, closing July 21. The federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits is open through July 21, closing July 22.

    Share your real-time catch data with us by downloading and using the iAngler Gulf Red Snapper app for private anglers or the iAngler Gulf Red Snapper Charter app if you are a charter operation. These new smartphone apps were designed specifically for voluntary reporting of red snapper catch information and are available via your phone’s app store.

    Don’t forget to add Gulf Reef Fish Angler on your license (includes those that are exempt) before you go fishing for reef fish from a private recreational boat in Gulf state and federal waters (excluding Monroe County). You can get this printed on your license at no cost at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com External Website or by visiting any location where you can purchase a license.

    For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit are limited to state waters only for red snapper fishing and must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license to target red snapper and other reef fish in Gulf state waters (excluding Monroe County). This can be done at no cost at a local tax collector’s office.

    To learn more about the 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit MyFWC.com/Snappers.

    Federal fishery managers are expected to announce an Atlantic red snapper season for federal waters soon. Learn more at sero.nmfs.noaa.gov. External Website

  • Have an opinion on shore-based shark fishing? Now is the time to share. Attend a workshop.
    Have an opinion on shore-based shark fishing? Now is the time to share. Attend a workshop. -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on shore-based shark fishing. Share your thoughts on the future management of this fishery by attending a public workshop.

    Workshops start at 6 p.m. local time:

    • July 18: Bradenton, State College of Florida, Library and Learning Center – Together Manatee Community Room, 5840 26th St. W.
    • July 19: Ft. Myers, Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, Room 165 C & D, 2295 Victoria Ave.
    • Aug. 6: Panama City, Gulf Coast State College, The Russell C. Holley and Herbert P. Holley Language and Literature Building, Sarzin Lecture Hall, 5230 W. U.S. Highway 98.
    • Aug. 7: Pensacola, Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center – Parks & Recreation Department, 913 S. I St.
    • Aug. 20: South Daytona, Piggotte Community Center, Reception Hall Room, 504 Big Tree Road.
    • Aug. 21: Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, J. Henry Gooding Building – Swisher Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd. N.
    • Aug. 27: Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Ave.
    • Aug. 28: West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Department of Planning, Zoning & Building – The Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Road.
    • Aug. 29: Miami, Miami City Hall – Commission Main Chambers, 3500 Pan American Drive.
    • Aug. 30: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 W. Ocean Drive.

    If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on an advance copy of the presentation and a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future. Additional details and updates to these meetings will be posted at MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops.”)

  • Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast promises day of learning, fun
    Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast promises day of learning, fun -

    Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast on Saturday, July 14.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bing’s Landing County Park, 5862 N. Oceanshore Blvd.

    These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique opportunity to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.

    Kids’ Fishing Clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

    Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

    If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants.

    Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic, should contact Mike Vickers at 386-569-9674or the FWC’s Thomas Vatter at 850-617-9644.

    To find out more about fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select the “Youth & Student” option under “Education.”

  • FWC helps support educational lionfish exhibits
    FWC helps support educational lionfish exhibits -

    We are excited to announce the opening of a new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) program. The 2018-19 Lionfish Educational Exhibit Program offers public facilities the opportunity to apply for financial assistance in creating educational exhibit displays about the lionfish invasion. The goal of the program is to increase awareness and ensure consistent, accurate messaging.

    Facilities with existing lionfish educational exhibits or an interest in creating one are encouraged to apply. Approved applicants may be eligible for up to $2,499 in assistance for the creation of educational displays about lionfish.

    To learn more and apply for the program, visit MyFWC.com/Lionfish. Applications will be accepted from now until March 29, 2019. We hope you will participate in this exciting program and help increase public awareness of the lionfish invasion.

  • Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 3
    Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 3 -

    Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (YouTube):https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw External Website

    Photos (Flickr): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmkZ5fhR External Website   

    Numbers update

    As of this week:

    • 525 people have registered.
    • 51 people have submitted lionfish.
    • 6,596 total lionfish removed.
    • 47 tagged-lionfish removed (five in the Atlantic and 42 in the Gulf).
    • 53 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.

    Recent Winners

    • June 8, Okaloosa County: Blake Russell of Shalimar, $500 and Engel Cooler.
    • June 9, Pinellas County: Michael DeRemer of Largo, GoPro Hero5 Camera.
    • June 18, Franklin County: Grayson Shepard of Apalachicola, $1,000.
    • June 18, Duval County: Russell Peters of Neptune Beach, $500.
    • June 21, Okaloosa County: Joe Livingston of Destin, $500.
    • June 30, Bay County: Kimberly Higdon of Tennessee, Engel Cooler.
    • June 30, Bay County: Brian Higdon of Tennessee, Engel Cooler.

    Upcoming Raffle Drawings

    • July 11 and 25.
    • All qualified participants (submission of 25 lionfish or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered into drawing. Prizes include 4-foot JBL pole spear, Dive Rite surface marker tube, Lionator pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba, and Color-Dive Lenses from Customatic Optics.

    Background

    The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lionfish were tagged at 50 public artificial reefs across the state between the depths of 80-120 feet.

    Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

    REMINDER: There’s still time to submit your qualifying 25 lionfish and receive a commemorative coin that allows you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day mini-season July 25-26.

    Links

    Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Website at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

    Facebook

    Website

    Download Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (Vimeo): https://bit.ly/2He4Wjq External Website 

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