Dock fishing

Can a dock owner put chain link fence down to below the water line to prevent people from fishing the dock?

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  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 929 Officer
    The answer can get complicated. Depends on who owns the land under the fence in the water.
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • fish_stixfish_stix Posts: 1,235 Officer
    You cannot block navigable waters in FL; they're owned by the public at large. It's perfectly legal to fish around docks as long as you/they don't trespass on the dock or adjacent property. FWC will not be happy if you stop someone from legally fishing or traveling on public waters.
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 3,995 Moderator
    If the fence is hung from the dock, and the individual owns the dock, I don't see why he could not do this. What this individual is doing is preventing you from casting under the dock. boo hoo. Find another dock without a fence
  • Ron@.38 SpecialRon@.38 Special Posts: 6,632 Admiral
    If the fence is hung from the dock, and the individual owns the dock, I don't see why he could not do this. What this individual is doing is preventing you from casting under the dock. boo hoo. Find another dock without a fence

    Lots of issues, and probably illegal.

    Can a fence act like a gill net? Yes!

    Can a fence interfere with Manatees, Yes

    If there is current, it collects debris.

    If the fence is not on his permit plans, he can't do it.

    But, chances of anyone finding out are small unless...:wink

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