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CT Licenses....
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:12:09 PM »
Just looked on the CT site and noticed licenses went up to $80 for nonresident :o

I guess the state thinks doubling the license fees will help pull it out of debt  :P

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010, 02:20:34 PM »
WOW  :o   :o

I remember when it was $20 and then it went up to $35. I like CT lakes, but I think $80 is a little stupid to charge for a fishing license.

I guess I have no choice....  ::)

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010, 06:45:06 PM »
Hope its not contagious.  :(

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010, 07:01:03 PM »
I'm willing to bet that CT is now one of the most expensive states in the US, for non-resident fishing licenses.

Somebody's pockets are getting lined with this one. I'm sure very little of this money will actually go to fisheries.

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010, 11:08:41 AM »
80$ That is a bit much in my mind. Come on aren't they suppose to promote recreational stuff?

Now RI started with:

"Saltwater License becomes law
R.I. House and Senate Overrides Governor's Veto
In 2010, R.I. anglers have the choice of using EITHER the
Federal Angler Registry or the R.I. saltwater license.
Both will be accepted."

Guess there is no where else in the government they can trim the fat....  :-\

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010, 11:35:56 AM »
Now RI started with:
"Saltwater License becomes law
R.I. House and Senate Overrides Governor's Veto
In 2010, R.I. anglers have the choice of using EITHER the
Federal Angler Registry or the R.I. saltwater license.
Both will be accepted."

According to the press release, because the federal govt. will be instituting a law around recreational saltwater fishing  it will supersede RI constitutional law. The only good thing is it will be $7 (to start I am sure) and we have reciprocity with other states. Here is a quote from the press release:

“Without this bill, this summer Rhode Island anglers would be paying $60 to Connecticut and $10 to Massachusetts. Now we have reciprocity, which means those with a Rhode Island license can legally fish in those states, too,”

The article can be found here: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/pr1.asp?prid=6042
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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2010, 11:38:12 AM »
I also noticed on the CT site that there is a Non-Resident Marine Fishing License - $60

So CT is in on the Saltwater License game now too.

As for the RI Saltwater license, DEM enforcement officers are pretty taken back by this one. They know that there's little chance of them enforcing it properly, since they're already too stretched by their lack of personnel.

Seriously, though... $80 for a fishing license? Geesh...

The worst part is that they're banking on guys like all of us giving in and buying one, because they understand that tournament anglers will fish anywhere their schedule takes them.

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2010, 12:18:27 PM »
I believe there are CT state legislators who are actively trying to get the fees reduced during the next session.

I have no personal dog in this fight, as a senior my CT's are free.
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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2010, 12:41:29 PM »
In the fall of '08 I was reading about how the Northeast States were the only states without any saltwater requirements, but that was suppose to change in '09 and it would require all saltwater recreational anglers to "register" with the federal government.

I contacted the Dept of Marine Resources in Maine last spring inquiring about these new regs and the person I spoke with said at the time that ME was fighting those regs and that it was up for state legislature later that summer. She mentioned that the individual states were required to process all registrations and forward to the federal government. At the time there was supposed to be no fees associated with the registration for '09, but fees were supposed to be imposed this year. The fight the state had was they were doing all the processing for nothing in return.

So now it sounds like that that this is becoming a reality up here in the Northeast.

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2010, 03:08:28 PM »
  HELLO THERE,  I LIVE IN CT. AND JUST GOT MY WIFE AND I's LICENSES. I GOT THE HUNTING AND ALL WATERS FISHING $60 AND SHE GOT THE ALL WATERS FISHING $50,......TOTAL== $110. AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY STATE ANGLERS GUIDES,...SAID NOT TILL SOMETIME IN APRIL! I GOT THEM AT THE PLAINFIELD TOWN HALL, THEY HAVE ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL MACHINES TO PRINT OUT THE LICENSES THAT COST "THEM" $3000 TO HAVE IN THE TOWN HALL. THEY TOLD ME THEY ONLY GET $1 FOR EVERY LICENSE ISSUED,...WHAT A JOKE THAT IS!  BYE FOR NOW,...........
,.....EVEN THOUGH I LIKE HIS TIPS AND ADVICE,.."BILL DANCE" NEVER FISHED IN CONNECTICUT!

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2010, 09:38:46 PM »
Well i guess i will just have to fish a little more this year to get my moneys worth, what a bummer
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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2010, 05:41:13 PM »
I paid I think 48 or 52 for FL nonresident license.
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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2010, 11:48:48 AM »
I'm gonna hold out on getting mine as long as i can as i heard rumors there may discussions in March on possibly lowering the fee!  I guess there are a few selectmen against this raise 8) 

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2010, 12:08:41 PM »
Thanks for the info, Joe. I'll hold off on mine for a while too, since my first two tournies of the season are in RI.

I have my doubts about them making any changes this year, though, since anyone buying theirs now will pay the $80. A change mid-year wouldn't go over well.

Hopefully they'll come to their senses and drop it back down though.

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Re: CT Licenses....
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2010, 03:46:27 PM »
$27.50 for a resident and $37.50 for a non-resident here in Taxachusetts. Just buy your food and tackle at home though, it'll save you a lot in the long run.  ;)