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SURForDIE
07/09/2014, 10:29 AM
Preferably that I don't need a boat for. I just want to spearfish

jdhuyvetter
07/09/2014, 03:25 PM
Can't spearfish within 100 yards of the beach.

http://www.eregulations.com/florida/fishing/saltwater/gear-spearing/

ace_92101
07/09/2014, 03:52 PM
The dive sites for JAX aren't close to shore. In shore visibility tends to be poor. Do you live in the area or are you planning a visit?

G_Sanab922
07/11/2014, 09:26 AM
Can't spearfish within 100 yards of the beach.

http://www.eregulations.com/florida/fishing/saltwater/gear-spearing/

+1

This is pretty much a state wide rule with the exception of Monroe county (key largo more specifically) where it is 3 nautical miles.

G_Sanab922
07/11/2014, 09:27 AM
http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/
take a look at this as well

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 12:27 PM
I've lived I florida my whole life and never had fwc mess with us while spearing. Was even stopped once to check us for lobster. I live in jax now.

G_Sanab922
07/11/2014, 12:39 PM
Just because you were never stopped doesn't make it legal... FWC put restrictions on species/areas for reasons. Not just because they feel like it..
Reasons like the typical age they spawn at and how beneficial they are to reefs or state park areas and for safety reasons where people could be swimming. Either way you must abide by the law, even if you have never been caught.

I've lived here all my life as well and there is hundreds of times I could've taken small fish
or spear in places I'm not suppose to. But I'm not taking that risk...
It's better safe than sorry, it's your responsibility to know that what you are doing is legal.

You will be arrested and be put on probation (no contact with any body of water in the state of FL) and massive fines if caught doing any illegal activity. If you are ok with that then go right ahead..

Not trying to accuse you of anything but just stating the facts of how it is out there. IMO I feel like you aren't too familiar with the laws from the way you have replied. Anyone who goes out often, knows that FWC doesn't play.
Many people would agree with me on this.

ace_92101
07/11/2014, 01:04 PM
+1 with G_Sanab922. It's not worth it. Best of luck to you.

G_Sanab922
07/11/2014, 01:09 PM
The dive sites for JAX aren't close to shore. In shore visibility tends to be poor. Do you live in the area or are you planning a visit?


Thanks ace...

And forgot to mention this +1 on what ace said in the beginning. It would most likely be farther off shore. I haven't heard of much reefs but there is probably a few wrecks if you can find them.

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 01:45 PM
So the rules, and why I have never been bothered with spearing is because you can spear from the beach. Just not public swimming beaches. Which I actually have never done. It has always, and not intentionally, been from private beaches.

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 01:46 PM
This is from the myfwc.com website

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 01:47 PM
The last 500 yards or jetties longer than 1500 yards are fine too.... which makes mayport jetty seem like an option if visibility was ever decent.

G_Sanab922
07/11/2014, 01:56 PM
So the rules, and why I have never been bothered with spearing is because you can spear from the beach. Just not public swimming beaches. Which I actually have never done. It has always, and not intentionally, been from private beaches.

You can but you have to be 100 yards from the beach, I don't consider 100yards off the shoreline a beach but if you do then ok..
Private or public it doesn't matter. 100 yards away from the shoreline or jetty, unless stated in the bottom quote like you said...

The last 500 yards or jetties longer than 1500 yards are fine too.... which makes mayport jetty seem like an option if visibility was ever decent.

There is a big difference between a jetty and beach though. as long as you are on the last 500 yards of that 1500 yard jetty then ok that's good. But a jetty isn't considered a beach.

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 01:59 PM
You don't have to be 100 yards from the beach. Just 100 yards from a public swimming beach.

And I had never mentioned the beach, just that I want something I don't need a boat for.

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 02:01 PM
You may NOT spearfish (excluding bowhunting and gigging) as described below:

Spearfishing of marine and freshwater species in freshwater is prohibited. Possession of a spear gun in or on freshwater is also prohibited.
Within 100 yards of a public swimming beach, any commercial or public fishing pier, or any part of a bridge from which public fishing is allowed.
Within 100 feet of any part of a jetty that is above the surface of the sea - except for the last 500 yards of a jetty that extends more than 1,500 yards from the shoreline.
In Monroe County from Long Key north to the Dade County line.
For any fish for which spearing is expressly prohibited by law (listed above).
In any body of water under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection, Recreation and Parks. (Possession of spearfishing equipment is prohibited in these areas, unless it is unloaded and properly stored.)

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 02:02 PM
It did look like you guys in the keys have a different set of rules though.

G_Sanab922
07/11/2014, 02:24 PM
I saw that and understand what you mean. I know it says " public swimming beach" but from experiences of friends and others such as FWC , many say it's more like " from land" and not public beaches. So in other words, a mangrove area is considered a " beach" since it's public property even if it's on private property. Just and example. Take into consideration that mangroves are on the water and considered state property " technically " bc they are so protected. I hope that made sense.
All in all, it's better to stay away from that then to possibly go to court. Remember , FWC officers don't know the law sometimes and if it's iffy they will just fine you anyways.
It's sad to say that but it's true and it's what we live in today. This happens even on the streets. Probably a few can relate to that.
And please, I hope I didn't seem like I was attacking you or anything, that was not my intention. I just have a passionate love for the ocean.

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 02:28 PM
Yea it's cool. I know FWC can be quite rude. I watched a guy get a ticket on a jetski for picking up a girl that couldn't swim from the sandbar and moving her to shore when she got herself in a bad spot. They wrote him up for a passenger without a lifejacket. 20 yard ride at idle speed... I thought there was going to be a riot from all the boaters that were around

SURForDIE
07/11/2014, 02:30 PM
I would be a terrible cop. Well, a great cop in that I wouldn't be a dick for no reason. I think thieves, child abusers, and meth heads would be my only targets.