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Month: April 2015

How to get a fishing license

How to get a fishing license

Tom Keer 4/29/2015 I was recently asked if a test was needed to get a fishing license.  It struck me as somewhat odd, because the answer is no.  You need to take a test for a driver’s license, to get a hunting license, and for […]

Catch-and-Release Best Practices

Catch-and-Release Best Practices

Bruna Carincotte 4/28/2015 Many are familiar with the concept of catch-and-release fishing, but few know the actual techniques anglers have to use in order to inflict as little damage as possible upon the fish. Read on to find out the best way to handle fish, […]

3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby

3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby

Spring fishing is now in full swing. Water temperatures are warm enough that fish are active and there are opportunities galore. If you plan on taking kids fishing, there even are fishing derbies, clinics, and various kid events scheduled around the country. For example, there are clinics in Colorado in May, some upcoming in Indiana, and Mississippi recently held a “fish rodeo.”

Here are 3 reasons to check out these events:

 

  1. Learn.
    There will be instructors and volunteers there to offer tips for casting, knot tying, and landing fish.

  2. Free stuff.
    In addition to prizes for the winners of fishing contests, there may be drawings for free fishing rods, tackle, or hot dogs during the day. Many events even provide bait.

  3. Fun.
    The waters at a kid fishing day are loaded with fish and the odds of catching something are very good. For example, a small pond at the Rimersburg, rod and gun club in western Pennsylvania gets stocked with 300 jumbo trout for their kid derby in early May. The Oklahoma Expo loads their pond with channel catfish.

Whatever the event is called in your area, it is a great opportunity to share some fishing fun.

Do you plan on taking a kid to a fishing derby? Don’t forget that you can check our website to find state information on how to get a fishing license.


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

How to Get Your Boating License or Boater Education Card

How to Get Your Boating License or Boater Education Card

Debbie Hanson 4/26/2015 Maybe you’re a new boater and nautical phrases like “red light returning” have you feeling clueless. Or, maybe you’ve been boating for years, but want to be sure your knowledge is up to date. In either case, it’s a good idea to […]

Catch and Release. Why?

Catch and Release. Why?

Bruna Carincotte 4/23/2015 For many people who fish there are few things as rewarding as a fresh fish meal after a successful day on the water.  Sometimes releasing caught fish is the law and sometimes it’s a choice. If it’s a choice, why would anyone […]

5 Steps for Easy Boat Registration

5 Steps for Easy Boat Registration

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Trout Tradition

Trout Tradition

Andy Whitcomb 4/20/2015 “The only thing better than catching fish is putting someone on fish, who doesn’t fish much.” Luke Whitcomb (12) Opening Day of Trout has always been a really big deal in Pennsylvania. Scores of anglers that have been maintaining their sanity over […]

5 Ways to Speed Up The Boat Registration Process

5 Ways to Speed Up The Boat Registration Process

Debbie Hanson 4/19/2015 There aren’t many things that can beat the sight of an excited youngster reeling in a first catch or a stunning summer sunset view — some of the best benefits of boat ownership are these types of magical moments that happen on […]

Where to Buy Fishing License: 8 Facts You Should Know

Where to Buy Fishing License: 8 Facts You Should Know

I remember a time, not all that long ago I might add, when one of the only places you could get your fishing license was at the local tackle shop. My goodness, how things have changed! As much as some people I know like to moan and groan about technological advances, there are some great benefits that we get to enjoy as a result of modern conveniences.

This is especially true when we’re talking about doing a Google search for the terms “where to buy fishing license” and knowing that you will most likely find the information you need at the tips of your fingers. Sure beats making an extra trip to the tackle shop, doesn’t it? Plus, the time you save can be much better spent on the water catching fish instead of driving around.

My point? If you just moved to a new state where there are tons of great places to fish and boat, you can get out on the water faster by buying your fishing license from home or “on the go” if you know where to look and what to think about before you make your purchase. Check out these eight helpful facts about where to buy fishing licenses quickly, the types of licenses offered and things to consider before you make your license purchase.

 

  1. Each state has their own unique set of fishing regulations and offers daily, short-term, annual or lifetime licenses through local license agents in your area (such as tackle shops or outdoor sporting goods stores) or online.

  2. If you have never fished before and want to give it a try before buying a license, check to see when free fishing days will be held in your state. Free fishing days provide beginners with an opportunity to experience the fun of fishing without having to buy a license.

  3. Use the TakeMeFishing.org state fishing license pages to get specific information on where to buy fishing license near you or to find out how to easily buy fishing license online.

  4. There are some states, such as Florida, that provide a toll-free number so you can buy your fishing license by phone. This makes it convenient for anyone to purchase a license anytime from anywhere. The only downside is that there may be a surcharge added to your license purchase. Check with your state agency to find out if you can buy your fishing license over the phone and ask if there are any surcharges that will apply.

  5. Most states don’t require a fishing license for those under the age of 16, but be sure to check the fishing regulations or laws in your state to be certain.

  6. Many states offer reduced-fee sport fishing licenses to veterans and seniors. Check with your state agency on the specifics before you buy a license.

  7. Regardless of whether you buy fishing license online or from a local license agent, you will need to have your license with you (or provide proof of license purchase) whenever you go fishing.

  8. When you purchase your license, check with your state agency to see if any additional stamps or supplemental licenses need to be purchased in order to fish for or keep certain species. For example, Tennessee requires a supplemental license in order to fish for trout, and Florida requires that you purchase a stamp if you plan to keep snook.

As always, be sure to read the fishing regulations and rules that apply in your state. Then, once you have purchased your fishing license, check out a few of the useful fishing tips on our “How to Fish” pages.


Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.

The Fishing Report

The Fishing Report

Andy Whitcomb 4/12/2015 I follow fishing reports not just from local sources, but also around the country. When I travel, I am going to go fishing while I’m there. That is just understood. And there are many suppliers of current fishing information, from the outdoor […]