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Old 12-20-2012, 11:21 PM   #11
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This came up a few weeks ago on another thread. I have an out of state friend who comes down for several weeks during the winter and we fish a lot in the Chocatawhatchee River Delta area. He gets the freshwater out of state license since we fish way up river for crappie, but we also fish in lower river as well.
I called FWC in Panama City with the question about catching specks and reds when we are fishing bass baits or with live minnows. Red and specks bite the same bait. They advised there is no problem for him if he catches a red or speck and it is released. So I'm going with this as a license guide for this year. He will be here in about 2 weeks. One license will meet his recreation needs and state law.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:29 PM   #12
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That's exactly what I said in my previous post. If you have ONLY a fresh water license and you land a salt water fish - you MUST immediately release it!!!

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:34 PM   #13
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OOPS!!!! Forgot this...

My brother lives near B'ham, AL and is a very avid crappy fisherman. He visits me only to fish for saltwater species so he buys the out-of-state saltwater only license.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:30 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info. Will feel better about running up the rivers for specks and reds without freshwater liscense .
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:14 PM   #15
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And by the way they include strippers as a freshwater fish! I think this is crap since Strippers were at first only believed to be a saltwater fish until they dammed up a lake and seen that the strippers survived. Up along the north east they catch strippers a few miles offshore.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:26 PM   #16
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wheather u agree or disagree its streight forward what u can and cant catch with either liscence outside of the striper and as jmw70 just informed me stripers are clasified as a freshwater fish so that clears it up more
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:31 PM   #17
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if i remember correctly. systems that have both fresh, salt or brackish water in them at the same time have a clear "demarcation" line. you need the license that corresponds to either fresh or salt. BUT, like mentioned before, if you are in a fresh area, and catch a salt species you must have a salt license to posess the fish and vice versa. if you have both, you are covered regardless.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:58 PM   #18
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Alabama does have a "demarcation " line and the regs state if you are fishing below that line you have to have a saltwater liscense regardless of what you pursue. If you are above that line you have to posses a freshwater liscense. To keep saltwater species a saltwater liscense.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:04 AM   #19
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Alabama does have a "demarcation " line and the regs state if you are fishing below that line you have to have a saltwater liscense regardless of what you pursue. If you are above that line you have to posses a freshwater liscense. To keep saltwater species a saltwater liscense.
http://www.dcnr.alabama.gov/fishing/images/swfwmap.jpg
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:12 AM   #20
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If this is the law where it only matters what you keep not what you catch seems you wouldn't need license at all if you were doing catch and release. If you ever got a ticket and could get this statement in writing seems you could wiggle your way out of it in court.
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