Handlining not allowed?

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Hi guys, I'm from NY and was visiting my inlaws down here in Florida. I wanted to do a little fishing, but not wanting to spend any money I was just using a small handlining setup with a some bank sinkers and a small circle hook with some bait.


I went to a local fishing pier and was having a blast catching small snapper and houndfish when a cop came up to me and told me handlining wasn't allowed. 


I didnt see any rules prohibiting it near the dock entrance nor can I find the FWC regulation on it and was wondering if one of you guys could point me in the direction of the laws prohibiting it.


I went and bought a 15 dollar ice fishing pole/reel and have been using that instead :p


Thanks for your help :)


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