RULES & REGULATIONS:
Some Good Advice
You never know when you will get stopped. Friends have been boarded at boat ramps as well as 20mi off shore. Your friendly marine patrol officer is clever and thorough. Therefore, it pays to know the rules and follow them.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION BELOW IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE OR CURRENT. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE REGULATIONS FOR THE LATEST VERSIONS.
The gulf is divided into federal and state waters. Federal waters start 9mi off shore. There is a large overlap in the regulations but some differ. The regulations change constantly. You should check for any changes online the day before you fish.
I have tried to incorporate this information where possible. Since the rules are many and change often it is essential to review the online documents and keep a printed copy for reference on fishing trips.
Here is where to look:
To give you an idea of how detailed and complex the rules are, note the following:
I think from the list above you can see why I recommend that you bring a copy of the regulations with you (or take a lawyer fishing).
Everyone on board must have a fishing license. Visitors can get limited time licenses at a reduced rate.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at some stores (Walmart), where drivers licenses are issued, or online