Are Kid's Catches Allowed to be Kept as Part of the Bag Limits?

will's dadwill's dad Posts: 102 Deckhand
I fish regularly with my 14 year old son and some of his friends, so my question is: Can they keep a fish as juniors without a saltwater fishing licence?

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  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 1,034 Officer
    yes
    "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
  • FWCSnookFWCSnook Posts: 886 Officer
    Ditto. No license needed until 16, but you can get them a lifetime license whenever, and they will never have to worry about it.
  • fishbitfishbit Posts: 604 Officer
    FWCSnook wrote: »
    Ditto. No license needed until 16, but you can get them a lifetime license whenever, and they will never have to worry about it.

    Does he/she get to keep their own limit or does the limit require a license? ie If my son (12) and I are out fishing, we'd be able to keep 2 limits of whatever species with only one license?
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  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    fishbit wrote: »
    Does he/she get to keep their own limit or does the limit require a license? ie If my son (12) and I are out fishing, we'd be able to keep 2 limits of whatever species with only one license?

    Yes, what they catch under 16 is their catch. No problem, you can bring home 2 redfish or 10 snappers (state water, south, It would be 4 reds in PH)
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  • NOAA-EnforcementNOAA-Enforcement Posts: 202 Moderator
    I can only speak for Federal Waters, yes they are allowed a bag limit.
    My purpose on this site is to help everyone understand Federal Fishery Regulations and to provide information. Working with the Florida Sportsman is a collateral (volunteer) duty I asked for and enjoy; I will only give you an answer that I’m willing to put my name on and stand behind. Sometimes that means checking with other agents/offices in the area of concern.
    Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
    Special Agent Allan Coker
    NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement
  • will's dadwill's dad Posts: 102 Deckhand
    Thank you!
  • NOAA-EnforcementNOAA-Enforcement Posts: 202 Moderator
    will's dad wrote: »
    Thank you!

    Tell Will to givem heck!
    My purpose on this site is to help everyone understand Federal Fishery Regulations and to provide information. Working with the Florida Sportsman is a collateral (volunteer) duty I asked for and enjoy; I will only give you an answer that I’m willing to put my name on and stand behind. Sometimes that means checking with other agents/offices in the area of concern.
    Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
    Special Agent Allan Coker
    NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement
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