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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2017, 08:33 
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Well I can tell you I will never be living or fishing or california at those prices lol.


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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2017, 10:22 

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handyandy wrote:
Well I can tell you I will never be living or fishing or california at those prices lol.


California has one of the longest coastlines, thousands of streams, lakes, and yet fishing license sales have declined by over half during the last 35 years. During this same period, the State's population has grown 60%. No wonder, since we have one of the highest costs, among other things. Recently the State could not even modify the current system to a 12 month license instead of one that expires every Dec 31, meaning someone buying a license in the summer will essentially spend the same amount for a 5 or 6 month license. It is really a shame as the State's sport fishing revenue, which is in the $ billions, should be about double what it is today.

I guess the good news is if you visit a lake during the week you won't see too many other boats.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox.



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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2017, 11:06 
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Well, the OP's dream is one that I share. Travel, fish where you want, pay one $250.00 or so "Retiree; Permanent; Traveler; All-around fishing license" that covers all of the States.

But, as long as all 50 States are run by local bureaucrats worried about "getting their share" we will never have it.

I can see that Wisconsin wouldn't want all those Illinoisians coming up and catching all of their fish....but someone is forgetting about all of the travel monies that the traveling fishermen spend.

The "retiree/traveler" license could be structured so that it was ONLY CATCH AND RELEASE to get rid of the "the outsiders are taking all of our fish".

Such a license would expand travel and fishing opportunities for the retirees, and add revenue for marinas, guides, and everyone who benefits from tourism.

Won't happen in my lifetime, though, I'll bet.

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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2017, 16:09 

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I know a couple of lakes (more like big ponds) here by me in the meadows, a cut through a graveyard fence, a walk along the railroad tracks and a sidestep through the weeds and you'll be catching 2-3 lb bass, no lic. required. (They've never caught me yet, been doing it 40 years now)


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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2017, 16:18 

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Crazyboat wrote:
I know a couple of lakes (more like big ponds) here by me in the meadows, a cut through a graveyard fence, a walk along the railroad tracks and a sidestep through the weeds and you'll be catching 2-3 lb bass, no lic. required. (They've never caught me yet, been doing it 40 years now)



Haha - best kind.



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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2017, 02:03 
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Crazyboat wrote:
I know a couple of lakes (more like big ponds) here by me in the meadows, a cut through a graveyard fence, a walk along the railroad tracks and a sidestep through the weeds and you'll be catching 2-3 lb bass, no lic. required. (They've never caught me yet, been doing it 40 years now)


Ha ha... when I lived on salt water the marine patrol guys knew most of the boats and owners and we sometimes chatted about my boat which they LOVED, and I sometimes showed them my fish, but not once was I ever asked for a license. Maybe because we were on familiar terms before the dreaded salt water license fee (which was meant to hire more MP and build hatcheries that never happened) was forced upon us and they just never bothered. Now if you were in a jet ski without a PFD or were operating any vessel impaired they were all over you like flies on poop.



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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2017, 15:41 

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gnappi wrote:
Crazyboat wrote:
I know a couple of lakes (more like big ponds) here by me in the meadows, a cut through a graveyard fence, a walk along the railroad tracks and a sidestep through the weeds and you'll be catching 2-3 lb bass, no lic. required. (They've never caught me yet, been doing it 40 years now)


Ha ha... when I lived on salt water the marine patrol guys knew most of the boats and owners and we sometimes chatted about my boat which they LOVED, and I sometimes showed them my fish, but not once was I ever asked for a license. Maybe because we were on familiar terms before the dreaded salt water license fee (which was meant to hire more MP and build hatcheries that never happened) was forced upon us and they just never bothered. Now if you were in a jet ski without a PFD or were operating any vessel impaired they were all over you like flies on poop.

Sucks you've got to pay to fish the salt in Florida, here in NJ no fee just have to register online, just a matter of time until they start adding the fees I'm sure.


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PostPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 15:05 
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most of the saltwater states have two separate licenses one for salt and fresh. I know when the army had me in virginia for a couple months they had a extra license fee for salt water. Didn't bother me two much as it wasn't horribly expensive since being military stationed there I got resident price. I have cousins in Savannah GA and have fished with them before if I remember correctly they didn't have another salt water fee. Maybe they did I can't remember. I know Louisiana has a extra fee for salt water, for non residents the prices are more, but not horrific. For residents it's not bad, and they let military buy licenses at resident cost so when I've gone there I've always just got a season long salt and fresh think it was around 50 or 60. What does Florida charge for a resident fresh and salt license? I can't believe California licenses are so high for residents that horrible.


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PostPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 17:15 

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My feelings towards fishing licenses depend entirely on how the money gets used. I don’t mind money that goes towards conservation or pretty much any purpose that benefits sportsmen and women or wildlife generally.

I tend to be irked when license fees get siphoned off into areas that really should be funded out of general tax revenues, but where people and politicians are too squeamish to acknowledge what things actually cost.

That said, I don’t usually bother to dig into these rather wonky facts because at the end of the day, I’m going to buy the licenses I want if I can afford them, regardless of where that money goes.


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