Holidays bring fishing bonuses

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM.

Prizes start with a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card and Bass King custom T-shirt, and go up from there. For bass over 13 pounds that are properly documented and released, the prize package is worth over $1,000. Registration is free, and claiming your bragging rights is fun with either of these great programs.

Plan your fishing experience today, but don’t forget to check the rules ( Regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply, even on license-free days or if you are exempt from a license. Meanwhile, if you can’t wait for a license-free day or decide fishing is for you, licenses are affordable. An annual resident license is just $17 for either freshwater or saltwater fishing, and a combination to do both is $32.50. Since a typical angler fishes an average of 17 days per year and more than four hours per trip, that comes out to about a quarter per hour for healthy fun and doesn’t even include the value of any fish you take home, or rewards you earn.


Instant licenses are available at by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Visit and select “more news” or for more Fish Busters’ Bulletins. To subscribe to FWC columns or to receive news releases, visit

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