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Help understanding saltwater bowfishing regs

WetBanditWetBandit Posts: 125 Deckhand
edited January 2019 in Conservation Forums #1
Having a hard time understanding where I can bowfish from shore legally.  I've read and heard a lot of conflicting information.  But per the fwc website:

You may NOT spearfish (excluding bowhunting and gigging) as described below:
  • Within 100 yards of a public swimming beach, any commercial or public fishing pier, or any part of a bridge from which public fishing is allowed.
  • Within 100 feet of any part of a jetty that is above the surface of the sea - except for the last 500 yards of a jetty that extends more than 1,500 yards from the shoreline.

To me this means that I can bowfish off the entire length of a jetty, a deserted beach or on a public fishing pier that doesn't have it's own rules prohibiting bowfishing, like a small, rarely used county park pier.

Does that seem correct?  Can any LEOs verify or offer guidance on how to enjoy saltwater bowfishing without a boat or creating conflict?

You can assume that I am a common-sense possessing individual who isn't going to be shooting arrows in the vicinity of people swimming or on a crowded public fishing pier.   I am aware that bowfishing is specifically prohibited on state park property.  You can also presume that I have proficient inshore fish ID skills.    Really just looking to shoot sheepshead anyways.


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