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Old 07-07-2019, 06:58 PM
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Looking at the weather this is probably a moot point but I would like to know anyway. I will be vacationing in Perdido Key this coming week and was considering slipping out one day end of the week to snapper fish. From what I see on the internet Al will be open F/S/S and Fl will close on the 12th. My rental that I will leave and arrive back at is just inside Fl. I would probably go out perdido pass and fish Al waters. What do I need to be legal as far as licenses?
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:06 PM
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I don’t think you can do what you’re planning, legally. If FL is closed you can’t bring your fish back into FL waters. There’s no way to prove you weren’t fishing in FL. You’ll have to leave from and return to AL if FL is closed. I could be wrong, but that’s how I understand it.
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This is a tricky issue with Perdido Key. For all practical purposes a trip to PK is really a trip to Alabama, but you sleep in Florida. I think he is right that it’s not legal to return to Florida with your Alabama catch, but it’s almost unavoidable. If instead of returning to your condo you returned to say, Zekes Marina, cleaned your fish there, left the fish at Zeke’s with one of your buddies, and came back and got him by car maybe you steer clear of trouble. I have routinely fished Alabama and returned to a condo on Perdido Key and not thought much about it.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by potisnook View Post
I donít think you can do what youíre planning, legally. If FL is closed you canít bring your fish back into FL waters. Thereís no way to prove you werenít fishing in FL. Youíll have to leave from and return to AL if FL is closed. I could be wrong, but thatís how I understand it.
Understood. If I am reading correctly Fl snapper closes 7-12 which is the day I would be going if the weather permits.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:10 PM
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If I was gonna do it I’d fish on an Alabama license and plead ignorance if caught in FL
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mtwilling View Post
This is a tricky issue with Perdido Key. For all practical purposes a trip to PK is really a trip to Alabama, but you sleep in Florida. I think he is right that itís not legal to return to Florida with your Alabama catch, but itís almost unavoidable. If instead of returning to your condo you returned to say, Zekes Marina, cleaned your fish there, left the fish at Zekeís with one of your buddies, and came back and got him by car maybe you steer clear of trouble. I have routinely fished Alabama and returned to a condo on Perdido Key and not thought much about it.
I would probably do this. This is the first year we have actually docked/rented in Fl. We are usually just inside Al.
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Understood. If I am reading correctly Fl snapper closes 7-12 which is the day I would be going if the weather permits.
Oh, then you need both licenses. FL cuz thatís your port and AL cuz thereís no way to get home through Perdido without being in AL. Have fun!
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:53 AM
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Hang on .... riddle me this. Sincere question seeking the truth.

SO there's no more State/Fed line for snapper. Said differently snapper season is open in State & Fed waters but you must adhere to the State's season for whichever state waters you traverse to get home. Am I understanding this right? SO...I could fish federal waters adjacent to FL state waters, never enter FL state waters and return to Alabama while Bama snapper season is open but FL snapper season is closed.

And don't get me started about the charter bastids, they suck.
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Hangover999 View Post
Hang on .... riddle me this. Sincere question seeking the truth.

SO there's no more State/Fed line for snapper. Said differently snapper season is open in State & Fed waters but you must adhere to the State's season for whichever state waters you traverse to get home. Am I understanding this right? SO...I could fish federal waters adjacent to FL state waters, never enter FL state waters and return to Alabama while Bama snapper season is open but FL snapper season is closed.

And don't get me started about the charter bastids, they suck.
Yes. I actually asked that same question a few weeks ago. Hereís the thread. Some good info.
Once u leave state waters can u fish anywhere?
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