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Old 07-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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I dont know if its true but someone told me if you have a Florida fishing license, and you leave from Alabama, that you will not be charged for having snapper in your boat if stopped on your return from catching them in Fl waters during their extended state season. I buy both every year but want to make sure i am legal with the fish.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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If you are on a boat in FL waters you must go by FL law. Same with every other state.
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JDM I would think you are legal the way you stated. I wouldn't stop in Alabama waters and fish. Ask Alabama with your scenario.
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Alabama - and most other states - is more of possession license than a fishing license.
If you have red snapper in Alabama state waters and it's closed for snapper, you're busted. Doesn't matter where you caught them or what license you have.
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Joe I wouldn't say that for sure with the different seasons and the two licenses one from each state. Why couldn't you catch fish in fla. and return to Al. just don't stop and fish in Al.
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Joe I wouldn't say that for sure with the different seasons and the two licenses one from each state. Why couldn't you catch fish in fla. and return to Al. just don't stop and fish in Al.
This is how it is per a Wildlife and Fisheries Officer in Alabama. Don't enter federal waters and don't stop and fish while in possession of ARS in Alabama waters and you are fine.
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So he would be legal as he stated. The one thing I think about the Al. officer's statement thats incorrect are the words enter fed waters. It should be Stop and fish in fed waters.
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His explanation to me was if you enter Alabama waters from Federal waters he cannot say with any certainty that you caught those fish in Florida waters. Even went as far to say as they will sit at 3 nm at the state line and watch where you come from.
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Joe I wouldn't say that for sure with the different seasons and the two licenses one from each state. Why couldn't you catch fish in fla. and return to Al. just don't stop and fish in Al.

I would.

If you launch in Alabama, catch RS in Florida and return to Alabama while it is illegal to posses red snapper, you're screwed. It doesn't matter which license you have it is illegal to posses RS in Alabama waters.

You might get lucky with the game warden but why not just trailer over to Florida and not worry about it?
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