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#1 kyjake

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Posted September 22 2009 - 11:26 PM

Planning on trying some minnows this fall but want to be sure my trap will be legal.One part of the Florida regulations says the maxim size of the trap is 3/4"
X3".One trap I have has a 1" round opening which would be good for mud minnows.Would this trap be legal in Florida?Would I be required to release pinfish caught in it?

#2 Drako

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Posted September 25 2009 - 12:11 AM

I have seen all kinds of handmade traps.....some were pretty big...and i never saw FWC get on them...
You won't be leaving it overnite anyway... so has long as you are there..you
should be okay...
But if you really want to find out...go to the FWC site...and search for fish traps...so of the laws are really vague...
and as long at the fish you catch in the trap arent gamefish you should be okay...
There are a couple of fl fishing forums that have FWC members on the forums and they answer questions...
So give that a try if you can't find any info...

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#3 kyjake

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Posted September 25 2009 - 9:30 AM

Thanks for reply.Was going to make trap before heading to PCB but out of time now as we are leaving in a few hours.

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Posted September 26 2009 - 12:06 AM

Pins are so easy to catch, you shouldnt need a trap. Mostly charter guys do it.
If your fishing from a boat, just about anywhere. Drop a sabiki tipped with squid or shrimp, you should pull em up 3 to 6 at a time.
If from land find a breakwater or seawall. do the same you should load up pretty fast.

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Posted September 26 2009 - 8:31 AM

Pinfish traps not exceeding 2 feet in any dimension, with a throat or entrance not exceeding 3 inches in height by 3/4 inch in width may be used to harvest baitfish in saltwater.

Minnow traps not more than 24 inches in length and 12 inches in diameter, with a funnel entrance not more than 1 inch in spread, may be used by licensed (or legally exempt) recreational anglers to take minnows of non-game fish for use as bait