Sarasota Fishing License

Recreational saltwater licenses and fees

So you booked a trip to Sarasota and will be fishing on your vacation lets go over some tourist information.  

Q & A

I booked a fishing charter in Sarasota. Will I need a license?

Most fishing charters on a motorized boat will include a certain number of fishing licenses. Make sure to ask your captain or Siesta Key Concierge if you're not sure. If you plan to fish off a bridge, go kayak fishing or land fishing you will most likely need to purchase a license. 

Who needs a Florida Fishing License?

 Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 who fishes in Florida must have a fishing license. Florida residents and/or nonresidents who take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams, marine plants or other saltwater organisms a license is needed. Even if you a cast a line a license is needed. 

Non-Resident Vistor Licenses (Sarasota Tourist) 

  • No License needed if 16 years of age or younger 
  • Booked a for-hire charter that has vessel license. Ask Captain 
  • How much is a fishing License for non-Florida residents: $17 for three days, $30 for seven days or $47 for one year. regardless of whether you fish from shore or a vessel. 
  • Where do I get my visitor license? You can pick up at Wal-Mart, sporting good stores, bait and tackle shops like Economy Tackle. You can also pay online; or call 888-FISH-Florida

Florida Resident Licenses (The Lucky Local)

  • How much does saltwater fishing license cost: $17.00 
  • How long is my license valid? One calendar year 
  • Spiny Lobster, snook and tarpon permits and tags are required. 
  • How to Order Click on Link

Lets Go Fishing..  Take a look at the Fishing Charters we offer in Sarasota! 

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