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CAPTAIN TERRY'S OFFSHORE SALTWATER DEEPSEA FISHING, ABOARD THE GROUPER SLAYER.



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FISH INFO!

GAG & RED GROUPER, | LANE & RED SNAPPER

GROUPER BAIT= SPANISH SARDINE , PINFISH , SAND PERCH , BLUE RUNNER

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Chapter 68B-14
Reef Fish
Releasing reef fish may require special handling to decrease mortality. When reef fish are brought quickly to the surface from water more than 70 feet deep, the gases in their swim bladder expand, often rupturing the swim bladder. A sign of this condition is visible to anglers when the stomach of a fish is pushed out the mouth. Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory have found that ruptured swim bladders of snappers and groupers become functional within four days after the release and heal within 2 weeks.
- Venting may increase the survival rate of reef fish that are released. Proper use of a venting tool can improve the fish’s chances of survival by allowing it to return to the bottom quickly.

Florida Sea Grant
6900 Florida St.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950-5799
For more information about release techniques for marine fishes contact:
Division of Marine Fisheries Outreach and Education Program
2590 Executive Center Dr., Suite 204 Tallahassee, FL 32301

Once it has been determined that a fish needs venting, several methods can be used.
Some recommend a small puncture in the everted stomach.
Others recommend using a venting tool made from a large bore hypodermic needle.
If you have a venting tool, follow the instructions and take care not to damage
other internal organs during the venting process.
Venting tools and instructions are available from the Florida Sea Grant Extension Program.
On the Internet . . . For current federal regulations and information:
National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA Fisheries
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council GulfCouncil
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC)


Marine Fish Kills:
800-636-0511 Fish Tags:
800-367-4461 RESOURCE PROTECTION HOTLINES
Division of Law Enforcement:
888-404-3922 Enviro-Line:
800-828-9338 (Great American Clean-up of Florida)
Florida hunting and fishing licenses, including saltwater fishing, can be purchased with a credit card on the Internet. When you purchase your license, you will be given an authorization number. These licenses will be valid immediately. Visit the FWC site to select the licenses you need to be a responsible user of Florida’s natural resources. Remember, the money you spend on licenses is used to improve your fishing and hunting opportunities. Licenses Are Now Available on the Web!
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
SALTWATER RECORD PROGRAM
Conventional Tackle March 1, 2001

Local Regulations

Hook-and-Line Gear
Hook-and-line anglers must tend their gear at all times to prevent people, marine life, and shore life from becoming entangled in the line or injured by the hooks. Also, it is against the law to intentionally discard any monofilament netting or line into or onto state waters. Monofilament line can entangle birds, marine mammals, marine turtles and fish often injuring or killing them.

Nets
The following types of nets may be used for recreational purposes in Florida waters: bully nets (for lobster only), landing or dip nets, cast nets, push nets, beach or haul seines. Recreational seines may have a maximum of 500 sq. ft. of mesh area and no larger than 2" stretch mesh.

Traps
Traps may be used in recreational fishing for stone crab, blue crab, shrimp, pinfish and black sea bass, subject to the appropriate regulations. Explosives, etc. The use of powerheads, explosives, chemicals or the discharge of firearms into the water to Recreational Gear

The Division of Law Enforcement
The Division of Law Enforcement patrols Florida’s coastal waters to provide assistance to boaters and anglers as well as to enforce Florida’s saltwater fishing and boating laws. FWC officers assist boaters who are in distress, provide advice and direction to those who are traveling Florida’s coastline and waterways, and may issue citations for violations of state and federal fishing, wildlife, and boating laws.
Tallahassee Headquarters

Bureau of Field Operations ..................................... 850-488-9924
Saltwater Fishing and Boating Questions ................. 1-800-342-5367
Telephone numbers for the Division of Law Enforcement Offices Northeast Region
Ocala ……………………................................…….. 352-732-1225
Jacksonville ………………................................…… 904-270-2500
Titusville …………….................................………… 321-383-2740
South Region
Miami ………………................................…………. 305-956-2500
West Palm Beach ……..............................………… 561-626-5122
Jupiter ……………….................................…………. 561-624-6935
Special Enforcement Area
Marathon ……………...............................………… 305-289-2320
Southwest Region
Tampa ………………................................………… 813-272-2516
Lakeland ……………................................…………. 863-648-3203
Fort Myers ……………................................……….. 941-332-6871
North Central Region
Lake City ……………................................………… 904-758-0525
Crystal River ………….................................……….. 352-447-1633
Northwest Region
Panama City …………...............................………… 850-233-5150
Carrabelle ………………..............................……… 850-697-3741
Pensacola ………………..............................……… 850-595-8978

In emergencies or if state fisheries, wildlife, or boating laws are being violated,
call 1-888-404-3922
or for cellular phone users throughout the state, dial *367. VHF Channel 16.



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