I am basically retired. I am not really interested in generating a lot of income from fishing, but I would like to take advantage of the extra time I have and thought a commercial license might be just the ticket. I have talked to local FWC people, in person and by telephone, but they seem to not have a clear picture of what this would allow me to do. First if I hold a commercial license for three years, I can apply for a restricted species license and then sell (if I chose to do so) most species of fish. But my reading of the regulations is that I cannot fish for, say, amberjack or king mackerel without also having a restricted species license. Not even the recreational bag limit. So, what good would paying the extra for a commercial license do me?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide to clarify advantages and disadvantages.