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  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 3,963 Captain
    Bobbkkat said:
    Hello,
    I spearfish in Sw Florida and i was wondering if it is legal to spearfish under privately owned docks? My buddy had a guy come out screaming at him saying he was on private property while standing in the water. So is it legal? Fwc's website doesn't give a clear answer.

    Thanks,
    Coby
    I know of an incident where a man came out to his private lighted dock at 2am in the morning with a speargun to shoot fish underneath his dock in the lights and shadows. He saw something he never saw before under his dock. A giant Goliath Grouper. He aimed and shot the giant dark colored fish. Turns out it was his next door neighbor snorkeling under his dock with a wet suit on trying to spear fish also.

    Of course he had to be rushed to the hospital with a spear through his shoulder blade and took weeks to recover.
    I think if you asked him if it was a good idea to spearfish under someone else's dock he would tell you that it not a good idea.
    Maybe not.....but who just shoots a spear at a shadow!?!? I guess people dont think of a spear gun as a gun. And you cant spear goliaths. Sounds like it isnt a good idea to swim under the dock of a moron.
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,892 Captain
    OP should change name of thread to Burger King Thread, as it's become the home of the whopper. :)
  • Tarpon MonoxideTarpon Monoxide Posts: 587 Officer
    "And you cant spear goliaths."

    This was way before the ban on harvesting goliath grouper. At that time spearing goliaths was legal.

    Only a moron would shoot a spear at a shadow in the dark at 2 am and only a moron would be spearfishing in a wetsuit at 2am in the morning underneath a dock not his at 2 am in the morning.


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  • snookpigsnookpig Posts: 35 Deckhand
    It is legal.  I live on water people fish my light ALL the time.  It pisses me off when people give me crap about fishing their docks.  Remember there are crazy people like the Asian Lady in cape coral who threatened two college kids with a gun.  so watch out
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    It is legal in certain areas. Some counties have ordnances that ban spear fishing w/I so many feet from shore 
  • ALASKA GUYALASKA GUY Posts: 119 Deckhand
    its also legal for me to stand on my dock with a shotgun and side arm, pretty sure you would not want to challenge me 
  • chronicbreakchronicbreak Posts: 1,185 Officer
    its also legal for me to stand on my dock with a shotgun and side arm, pretty sure you would not want to challenge me 
    Really?  So you’d shoot someone for fishing your dock?  🤦🏼‍♂️ 
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  • ALASKA GUYALASKA GUY Posts: 119 Deckhand
    its also legal for me to stand on my dock with a shotgun and side arm, pretty sure you would not want to challenge me 
    Really?  So you’d shoot someone for fishing your dock?  🤦🏼‍♂️ You completely missed my point 

  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,008 Admiral
    I guess I missed it too???
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  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,341 Moderator
    Why would you antagonize someone.  If the dock owner doesn't want you there, leave.  There is a line between legal and common courtesy. 
  • watergatorwatergator Fort Pierce Posts: 195 Deckhand
    Why would you antagonize someone.  If the dock owner doesn't want you there, leave.  There is a line between legal and common courtesy. 
    Why would the dock owner antagonize people who are acting completely within their legal rights?
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,341 Moderator
    The point is to avoid the confrontation.  There are other docks or places to dive and fish.  Just avoid the aggravation.   You may be legal and have every right to be where you are, but walk away, avoid the rage and have a pleasant day.
  • cortrcortr Posts: 443 Deckhand
    Just because it is legal does not make it right if it irritates property owner
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 10,492 AG
    Why would you antagonize someone.  If the dock owner doesn't want you there, leave.  There is a line between legal and common courtesy. 
    Agreed.  There is a bunch of docks on the water, just move on.  It isn't like a single dock holds fish and none of the others do.
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