Notices

Lifetime sportsman.

Old 10-27-2020, 05:39 PM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default Lifetime sportsman.

This might be a dumb question but I started thinking about it and cannot find much in the way of info online. I recently bought my son turning 5 next month and daughter who just turned two lifetime sportsman’s licenses. Since they are licensed I assume that they will count towards bag limits if they are onboard fishing with me?

Looking it up only I am seeing 16 years of age with proper licenses.
Old 10-27-2020, 05:56 PM
  #2  
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: 321
Posts: 54
Received 35 Likes on 20 Posts
Default

They would be exempt from license requirements... but they can only count towards the bag limit if they’re actively harvesting.

from the FWC website:
Regardless of what species you are fishing for, bag limits are only for properly licensed individuals and those people exempt from license requirements who are actively harvesting. People harvesting may not exceed their individual bag limit and take someone else's bag limit. That is, people (including children) who are not actively harvesting or are not properly licensed (if a license is required) may NOT be counted for purposes of bag limits
Old 10-27-2020, 06:31 PM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

I know they are exempt from it, but it was far cheaper to get the license before my son turned 5. He and his sister are constantly out there with me fishing. I will be bringing my son out trolling for gags on Thursday for the first time.
Likes:
Old 10-27-2020, 06:37 PM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 528
Received 34 Likes on 22 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Cwellman View Post
This might be a dumb question but I started thinking about it and cannot find much in the way of info online. I recently bought my son turning 5 next month and daughter who just turned two lifetime sportsman’s licenses. Since they are licensed I assume that they will count towards bag limits if they are onboard fishing with me?

Looking it up only I am seeing 16 years of age with proper licenses.
Good Job Dad, its a whole lot cheaper to do it at that young of a age
Old 10-27-2020, 06:53 PM
  #5  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Treasure Coast
Posts: 934
Received 278 Likes on 165 Posts
Default

I got my son a lifetime license when he was 3. $165 I think it was, prolly a lot more now. He's doubly protected (licensed AND exempt) until he's 16.

Only prudent.
Likes:
Old 10-27-2020, 06:57 PM
  #6  
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: 321
Posts: 54
Received 35 Likes on 20 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Cwellman View Post
I know they are exempt from it, but it was far cheaper to get the license before my son turned 5. He and his sister are constantly out there with me fishing. I will be bringing my son out trolling for gags on Thursday for the first time.
Totally agree with your choice, was just trying to answer your bag limit question.
Old 10-27-2020, 07:46 PM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Dave321 View Post
Totally agree with your choice, was just trying to answer your bag limit question.
Thanks
Old 10-27-2020, 08:57 PM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Jax, FL
Posts: 2,570
Received 1,086 Likes on 532 Posts
Default

It will be hard to honestly say a 2 year old is actively harvesting anything more that a bluegill...

I bought my kids lifetime sportsman licences too. They'll appreciate it when they're 30 😂
Old 10-27-2020, 09:43 PM
  #9  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 506
Received 416 Likes on 189 Posts
Default

They count toward bag limits if actively harvesting, license or not. Under 16 can absolutely keep fish even if they don’t need a license. It’s obviously going to be kid dependent, but overall I try to be honest. I would keep a Spanish Mackeral that my 4 year old reeled in by himself (or even with a little help), but am not going to claim he landed a big AJ.
Old 10-28-2020, 04:04 AM
  #10  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

My daughter has got down catching mangrove snapper so far.

I really do see myself needing to use their quotas really any time soon but just want to make sure. I am going to give me son the chance to fight a gag from the rod holder.
Old 10-28-2020, 04:11 AM
  #11  
THT Sponsor
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Saint Augustine
Posts: 446
Received 231 Likes on 136 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
It will be hard to honestly say a 2 year old is actively harvesting anything more that a bluegill...

I bought my kids lifetime sportsman licences too. They'll appreciate it when they're 30 😂
My middle son reeled in his first little tuna at 3 years old. It's possible 🙂

When my oldest was 5 and youngest was 4, they were able to put my 18 foot skiff on the trailer as a team from the dock. People's minds were blown. Little kids properly trained can do alot

Likes:
Old 10-28-2020, 04:14 AM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 2,921
Received 2,442 Likes on 1,338 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by datlhookYa View Post
My middle son reeled in his first little tuna at 3 years old. It's possible 🙂

When my oldest was 5 and youngest was 4, they were able to put my 18 foot skiff on the trailer as a team from the dock. People's minds were blown. Little kids properly trained can do alot
Yep! As I read that rule, it says they have to be actively harvesting, not actually landing and pulling fish up and placing in box all by their self. So if they are participating in the harvest they count!
Old 10-28-2020, 05:34 AM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by datlhookYa View Post
My middle son reeled in his first little tuna at 3 years old. It's possible 🙂

When my oldest was 5 and youngest was 4, they were able to put my 18 foot skiff on the trailer as a team from the dock. People's minds were blown. Little kids properly trained can do alot
It is pretty amazing watching my son run the deck while fishing. He will have multiple likes out and constantly clearing them, re-baiting and catching his fish. He gets upset if he doesn’t get to tie up the boat or flush the engines.
Likes:
Old 10-28-2020, 06:05 AM
  #14  
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: south south FL
Posts: 95
Received 13 Likes on 12 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
They count toward bag limits if actively harvesting, license or not. Under 16 can absolutely keep fish even if they don’t need a license. It’s obviously going to be kid dependent, but overall I try to be honest. I would keep a Spanish Mackeral that my 4 year old reeled in by himself (or even with a little help), but am not going to claim he landed a big AJ.

Yeah but if your 30 y/o buddy doesn't catch a fish all day- you still put his limit in the boat. As long as active I dont see problem with it
Likes:
Old 10-28-2020, 07:46 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 128
Received 143 Likes on 40 Posts
Default

Actively harvesting is a broad term. When I conduct a boat stop, I just go by number of people on the boat. Kids of any age can “help” reel in a fish. Who am I to say otherwise? People got in trouble with lobstering, claiming their infant counted toward the limit. They do not.

Dad, good job with your kids! They will proudly show their lifetime to the game warden when they’re stopped.
Old 10-28-2020, 12:25 PM
  #16  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Martin County Florida formerly Palm Beach County
Posts: 11,838
Received 2,654 Likes on 1,496 Posts
Default

If you get stopped don’t make your kids lie about catching a fish.
Old 10-28-2020, 12:28 PM
  #17  
THT Sponsor Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Boynton Beach FL
Posts: 1,625
Received 364 Likes on 219 Posts
Default

Before 4yo there is a decent discount on the lifetime license, I have to remember next time at the Tax Collector to bring kids birth cert and get it
Old 10-28-2020, 01:14 PM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by unobtanium View Post
Before 4yo there is a decent discount on the lifetime license, I have to remember next time at the Tax Collector to bring kids birth cert and get it
You have up till they are five.
Old 10-28-2020, 01:19 PM
  #19  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWFL
Posts: 1,581
Received 229 Likes on 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
If you get stopped don’t make your kids lie about catching a fish.
they are kids they don’t lie
Old 10-30-2020, 05:15 AM
  #20  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ortega River; Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 2,460
Received 544 Likes on 310 Posts
Default

All three of my children: 3,5,7 years old all have Florida lifetime hunting / fishing license: They were Christmas gifts from their grandparents. I hope they all get their own bag limits: I certainly count them as fisherman on the boat.
Likes:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.