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Florida Nonresident Saltwater Fishing Licenses

Nonresident Annual Saltwater Fishing $47.00
Nonresident 3-Day Saltwater Fishing $17.00
Nonresident 7-Day Saltwater Fishing $30.00

You can buy it online , or through any tackle shop down there. Here’s a link:
LICENSE AND PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Note that the SW license is just for SW, you’d need a FW license to fish FW.

Check season, regs etc if you plan to keep fish—some like snook can be complicated with slot limits etc, and you may need a special tag to keep them (snook = 2 bucks)

If you fish with a guide, or on a charter or head boat boat etc you are covered under their license and don’t need one of your own. Some fishing piers and land owned by motel/lodges adjacent to the water may cover you to fish without a license on their property. Not sure if you need a special fishing permit to fish within the boundaries of Evergaldes NP (guides do) so check on that while you’re down there if you do some kayaking or rent your own boat etc, along with the boundaries and Park regs. (lots of problems with props scarring the bottom of flats down there from people on jet skis or gunning skiffs across flats and they watch for that stuff).

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peregrines,

thanks again...i believe we have the license issue covered! thanks for that link.

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Hello All,

We are quickly approaching our self guided flats fishing trip to the Florida Keys.

Just wanted to refresh this thread to see if anyone else has any information.

Thank you and tight lines!

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Good luck Uni, looking forward to your trip report. You should have a blast. Looking forward to your trip report!

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Anne's Beach incoming low tide and be patient for at least three hours...get away from the crowd if any and move in as it rises...close to deeper water...
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We will be staying very near Anne's beach...thank you kindly for the information!

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Uniknot,

Good luck with your trip Barry.

Here is probabably the best link on the web for tides.

Tide Location Selection for the Florida Keys Area

If you will be wading for bones, I would suggest oceanside flats very late in the evening, particularly as the tide is coming in on calm days. This tide will also provide very good daybreak fishing as well.

Long Key can be a good spot, towards the NE end on an outgoing tide when there is a pretty good flow, out from the lake. There is a boardwalk leading down to that area with a little bridge over the "brook". I have seen large bones in the past swimming under that bridge.

Wading there is extremely nasty, however, due to the silt buildup from the lake. From there all the way up and through the campground can be very good if camper commotion is not too vigorous. The wading gets very good in the campground area, though there are potholes in many places from those damn low tide treasure hunters that dont fill in their holes.

Keys bones are much spookier and more difficult to catch than carribean ones. They are also bigger. If you are fishing near dark, use larger flies than during the daylight. If fishing weeds in less than knee deep water, give a long slow strip as the fly lands so the fish see the fly, then let the fly settle. Stripping in bay grass is not a good idea, especially with fluorocarbon, as the leader moves the grass ahead of the fly.

There are rays everywhere down here but pose no problem. In fact, the more you see on the flats, the better the chances that bones will show up. Just wear wading shoes and shuffle along. If you decide to go for the muck at the long key flowage area, you might even want lace up, over the ankles, wading shoes as the rubber ones can get sucked off your feet.

Use darker flies over grass and lighter ones over lighter bottoms. If you are still checking this thread, let me know when you are coming.

Have a great trip.

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Thanks again...Jim, got your PM...check your PM also.

I hope to have a productive trip and many photos to share when we get back.

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Hello, Just found this thread. I have fished the Islamorada area for the past few years and would offer you yet another "tip". At the bridges the tide will flow like a river. If you hit it right you can cast into the current and work a fly like a streamer. Good chance to blind cast to Tarpon. I like the bridge at Bud and Mary's. I cross the bridge heading towards key west. Right after you cross take the first turnoff south, it's really just a parking area. Walk back to the bridge, then out to the water. There is a spot that you can cast from and get out into the current. A sacting basket of some kind helps with line control. I'm heading down there in late May. Gonna first hit Biscane Bay for a little bone/red fishing from a kayak. Been doing a bit of research on this so give me a PM if your so inclined.
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