It seems pretty clear but I would like to make sure that I don't need a license or permit to Catch and Release in Florida, in the county that I live in. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,

You do not need a recreational hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license or a *Florida waterfowl, migratory bird, deer, turkey, snook, spiny lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzle loading season permit or management area permit if…

You hunt or freshwater fish in your county of residence on your homestead or the homestead of your spouse or minor child, or if you are a minor child hunting or freshwater fishing on the homestead of your parent.

So I can fish everywhere in my county without a license or permit?

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The section you've quoted does not say you can fish everywhere in your home county without a license. The exemption applies only when you are on your homestead (or your spouse's, kid's, etc.). Note that "homestead" usually has a particular legal meaning, so don't assume it's just a way of saying "residence" or "property".

However, if you read further down the page, you will find the "cane pole" exemption (meaning no reel allowed):

You are a resident who is fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism, and you are fishing for noncommercial purposes in your home county. However, you must have a valid fishing license to fish by any method in a fish management area.

  • I must have read that at least three times and then read it when posting here still thinking it said county of residence or your homestead instead of on homestead. I knew it was too good to be true :P
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    Oct 14, 2016 at 13:10

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