My dad and I are thinking of buying a boat, going offshore, catching some fish then bringing them back to market to sell. I saw this here, for getting the recreational license but the forum will not let me post it as it is recognizing it as spam (it was.a link from the CA Dept of Fish and Game). Does anyone know if what I am looking at covers us to do what we are considering doing? Is there a difference in licensure between recreational and commercial fishermen? When I think of a commercial fishermen, I generally think of a big boat, huge volumes of fish, employees, etc. We are just interested in a fun hobby to bring the family together, and want to use the fruits of our labor to offset the costs of the purchase of the boat, maintenance, gas, etc. And if we actually make a few bucks then great, but this is not a Deadliest Catch type operation by any means that we are envisioning.