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Dragging nets for pin fish?

Old 04-25-2019, 06:26 PM
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I watched a guy drag a small trawling rig for pin fish in the flats, and he was quite successful. This brings up the question of is this legal in Florida?

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Old 04-26-2019, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by GC88 View Post
I watched a guy drag a small trawling rig for pin fish in the flats, and he was quite successful. This brings up the question of is this legal in Florida?
Recreational Gear | Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations ? 2019 | eRegulations

Nets

The following types of nets may be used for recreational purposes in Florida waters:
  • Bully nets (for lobster only) no greater than 3 feet in diameter and not made of monofilament.
  • Frame nets and push nets (for shrimp only) no greater than 16 feet in perimeter and not made of monofilament. Frame nets cannot be used in state waters off Dade County.
  • Hand-held landing or dip nets no greater than 96 inches in perimeter.
  • Cast nets measuring 14 feet or less stretched length (stretched length is defined as the distance from the horn at the center of the net with the net gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line).
  • Beach or haul seines measuring no larger than 500 square feet of mesh area, no larger than 2 inches stretched mesh size, not constructed of monofilament, and legibly marked at both ends with the harvesterís name and address if a Florida resident. Non-residents using beach or haul seines for recreational purposes are required to have a commercial saltwater products license and legibly mark the seine at both ends with the harvesterís saltwater products license number.
  • Cast nets and seines may be used as harvesting gear for the following species only: black drum, bluefish, cobia, flounder, mullet, Florida pompano, red drum, sheepshead, shrimp, Spanish mackerel, weakfish and unregulated species.
  • No more than two nets can be fished from any vessel and no more than one net can be fished by any person not on a vessel.
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Old 04-27-2019, 05:51 AM
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Trap 'em...
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:13 AM
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A trap would require me to go out the day before and place the trap. Thatís a 25 mile drive and a launch of the boat.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:18 AM
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Do recreational anglers have to have a commercial license for this type stein net in either AL or FL?

For catching small bait fish,shrimp/crabs ect? or can I use the net but can't keep the shrimp but can keep small bait fish if it's the correct species? same ? for traps.

Also can two of these be combined and staked into sand like they do gill nets?

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Old 04-27-2019, 09:57 AM
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A trap would require me to go out the day before and place the trap. Thatís a 25 mile drive and a launch of the boat.
Normally we place the traps days before the trip..and put in a holding pen.In Al. you can drag a bait trawl, but it will take you most of the morning to do it...
Sounds like you just need to buy 'em. If you know where they are you can catch on a piece of gulp shrimp!!!
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I watched a guy drag a small trawling rig for pin fish in the flats, and he was quite successful. This brings up the question of is this legal in Florida?
Small hooks and little pieces of squid over the grass flats.

If you can't catch a well full go home. Nothing is biting!
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