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Melt the butter; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2016 

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. 

Time’s almost up to qualify for an extra spiny lobster via the Lionfish Challenge

July 12, 2016 

Fifty lionfish: That is all it takes to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge. And if you get your 50 now, you will receive a commemorative coin marking your membership and allowing you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day sport season July 27-28.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in Panama City Beach!

July 08, 2016 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

July 07, 2016 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon July 16 at Bings Landing County Park, 5862 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season closes July 11

July 05, 2016 

he 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters closes July 11, with the last day of harvest being July 10. The season will reopen Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.  

New fishing regulations go into effect to improve bass fisheries statewide

July 01, 2016 

This regulation change will streamline existing rules, allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant bass and protect larger bass in order to ensure that Florida continues to produce trophy bass in the future.  

Get teens fishing — we’ll cover the cost

June 29, 2016 

The FWC, along with partners the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation and The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, are offering a grant from the RBFF to encourage the creation of high school fishing teams and clubs.  

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

June 27, 2016 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. 

Florida leads the nation in family fishing and boating spots

June 24, 2016 

Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total—more than any other state.  

Eagle Lake closes temporarily June 27

June 16, 2016 

Eagle Lake Fish Management Area in Hamilton County closes June 27 and will remain closed for approximately one month, according to FWC officials. 

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