Red Fish Regulations

Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Red drum are named after the "drumming" sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water.

RegulationsNortheast ZoneNorthwest ZoneSouth Zone
Minimum Size Limit Not less than 18" no more than 27" total length
Daily Bag Limit 2 fish per person per day
8 fish vessel limit
1 fish per person per day
8 fish vessel limit

State Record:

Red Fish: 52 lb 5 oz, caught near Cocoa (1996)

Gear Requirements:

Legal Gear: hook and line, cast nets

Illegal Gear: Gigging, snatching, spearing and/or use of multiple hooks in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited

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