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Fishing alabama waters from florida

Could someone help me out with the rules for fishing Alabama waters when leaving from a port in Florida? I would like to leave from Pensacola and fish the oil rigs in Alabama waters.


  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    You are good as long as you don't go in Alabama State waters!
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  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 2,131 Captain
    Not a problem as long as you have an Alabama license.  You must have a state license to fish any state, regardless of where you launch.
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  • limitlesslimitless Posts: 707 Officer
    What Klinger said.  If you leave from FL and go through AL to federal water and go through AL on your way back to FL, if you have fish aboard you have to have an Alabama license.  If you are checked while fishing in fed water off of Alabama, same thing.

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  • Reel MusselReel Mussel Posts: 308 Deckhand
    Alabama changed their state waters to 9 miles like Florida, if out in federal water doesn't matter if you have Alabama licenses or not, however those couple of close rigs get checked often... 


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