Holy mackerel: Free fishing holiday on Nov. 30

Bag limits, closed areas, and size restrictions also apply on these dates.

Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World” because of its plentiful resources and responsible management, so people will have plenty to catch after Thanksgiving.

November 30 will be the last day of license-free saltwater fishing.

Each year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission sets eight days where people do not need a fishing license in order to fish. The days are separated by freshwater and saltwater.

The freshwater days are the first Saturday and Sunday in April and the second Saturday and Sunday in June.

The saltwater days are on the first Saturday and Sunday in June, the first Saturday in September, and the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Bag limits, closed areas, and size restrictions also apply on these dates. Some areas still require the participant to sign a waiver, along with allowing them to fish from the shore or from a boat.

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