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Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Amberjack, Greater

Amberjack, Greater
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic - 28" fork length
  • Gulf - 34" fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 1 per harvester
Season:
  • Atlantic - Open year-round
  • Gulf - Closed June 1–July 31. Also closed Sept. 10-Dec. 31, 2016

Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Rudderfish

Amberjack, Lesser &  Banded Rudderfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - Cannot be less than 14" or greater than 22" fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per person aggregate of the two species

Atlantic Sharpnose

Atlantic Sharpnose
Minimum Size Limits:
  • None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 daily per person in aggregate
Season:
  • CLOSED

Bay Scallops

Bay Scallops
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 gallons whole or 1 pint meat per harvester per day; no more than 10 gallons whole, or ½ gallon meat per vessel anytime
Season:
  • Open June 25–Sept. 24, 2016
Remarks:

Harvest allowed only in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the Pasco-Hernando county line, to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. It is illegal to harvest, possess and land bay scallops on waters outside open harvest area.

Changes possible — Check MyFWC.com

Bigeye Tuna

Bigeye Tuna
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 27” min curved fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • No Bag or Possession Limit
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angli

Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.

A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.

An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Billfish

Billfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Sailfish 63";
  • Blue Marlin 99";
  • White Marlin 66";
  • Roundscale Spearfish 66"
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 per harvester per day aggregate bag limit
Remarks:

Measured tip of lower jaw to fork. All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov.

HMS permit required in federal waters.

Black (Wenchman) Snapper

Black (Wenchman) Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

Black Grouper

Black Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 24” min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 4 daily in aggregate.
  • The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit.
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters except from Feb. 1 to March 31 of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30. A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established

Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero).

Black Mullet

Black Mullet
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No minimum size
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 50 aggregate per harvester per day;
  • Aggregate vessel limits Feb. 1–Aug. 31: 100 per vessel; Sept. 1–Jan. 31: 50 per vessel

Black Seabass

Black Seabass
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No size limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • No Bag or Possession limit
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters

Blackfin Snapper

Blackfin Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No Size Limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane s
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 99″ min lower jaw fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • No Bag or Possession Limit
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

An HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.

An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Blue Runner

Blue Runner
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No minimum
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 100 fish per harvester per day

Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 73” min curved fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 per vessel per year with appropriate federal permit as incidental catch during the open season
Season:
  • Incidental Trophy Season is Currently Open in State Waters
Remarks:

All bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of landing to NMFS by calling 888-872- 8862 or visiting www.hmspermits.noaa.gov. For further information about angling category permits call the NMFS HMS Division at 888-872-8862 or 301-713-2347.

There is no directed or targeted recreational fishing of bluefin tuna allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Seasons subject to close at any time. Get more information HERE.

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angli

Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.

A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.

An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Bluefish

Bluefish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 12" fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 per harvester per day

Bonefish

Bonefish
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 0 per harvester per day
Remarks:

Catch and release only

Hook and line only

Bonnethead Shark

Bonnethead Shark
Minimum Size Limits:
  • None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 daily per person in aggregate
Season:
  • CLOSED

Clams (Hard)

Clams (Hard)
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 1" thick across hinge
Daily Bag Limit:
  • One 5 gal. bucket per harvester or 2 per vessel (whole in shell)
Remarks:

Illegal to harvest from closed areas.

Go to www.FloridaAquaculture.com for allowable harvesting areas.

May not harvest half hour after official sunset until half hour before official sunrise.

Crab, Blue

Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 gallons whole per harvester per day
Season:
  • Regional trap closures apply. See MyFWC.com for 2016 trap closure dates and locations.
Remarks:

5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited.

Crab, Stone

Crab, Stone
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 2 ¾" claw
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 gal. claws per harvester or 2 gal. per vessel, whichever is less
Season:
  • May 16–Oct. 14
Remarks:

5 traps maximum. Visit MyFWC.com for statewide trap construction requirements and specific requirements that apply in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier. Illegal to possess whole crab. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited.

Cubera Snapper

Cubera Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 12″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane sn
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Dolphinfish

Dolphinfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic - 20" fork length
  • Gulf - None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 per harvester per day, not to exceed 60 per vessel per day. Vessel limit does not apply to for-hire vessels

Gag Grouper

Gag Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 24” min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 gag within 4 grouper aggregate
  • 4 grouper daily in aggregate. The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than included in the bag limit
Season:
  • Open – Season runs from June 1 through December 31 of each year in State Waters. Closed season runs from January 1 through May 31
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30. A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established

Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero).

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Take Prohibited
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Take Prohibited
Season:
  • Take Prohibited

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 14″ min fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 daily, per person in 20 reef fish aggregate.
  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.
Season:
  • Closed in State Waters
Remarks:

There is a closed season for the harvest of gray triggerfish from June 1 through July 31.

Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda
Minimum Size Limits:
  • None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 per person and 6 per vessel applies only in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami- Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties.
  • Unregulated in all other areas.

Lane Snapper

Lane Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 8″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 20 daily, per person within 20 reef fish aggregate.
  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermilion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Mangrove (Gray) Snapper

Mangrove (Gray) Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 12″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane sn
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Mutton Snapper

Mutton Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 16″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane snapper.
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Oysters

Minimum Size Limits:
  • 3"
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 bags per harvester or vessel except Apala - chicola Bay
Season:
  • June, July, Aug. in Dixie, Wakulla, Levy counties.
  • July, Aug., Sept. in all other areas except Apala - chicola Bay which has open areas year-round.
Remarks:

Aplachicola Bay: special bag limits and other harvest restrictions apply. See MyFWC.com for detailed information.

Apalachicola Bay has summer & winter seasons/ areas.

Harvest from approved shellfish areas during daylight hours only.

Go to FloridaAquaculture.com to determine the Open or Closed status of shellfish harvesting areas.

May not harvest half hour after official sunset until half hour before official sunrise.

1 Bag = 60 lbs. or two 5 gal. buckets (whole in shell)

Harvest prohibited in any harvest area that is in the Closed status as determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Permit

Permit
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 22" fork Special Permit Zone (SPZ); Not less than 11" or more than 22" fork length all other areas
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel per day SPZ;
  • 2 per harvester per day all other state waters
Season:
  • May 1–July 31 SPZ Only
Remarks:

May possess 1 over 22" fork length outside the SPZ, not to exceed 2 over 22" fork per vessel per day. For map of SPZ, please see: MyFWC.com.

Pompano, African

Pompano, African
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 24" fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel per day

Pompano, Florida

Minimum Size Limits:
  • 11" fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 6 per harvester per day
Remarks:

Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine ONLY.

Queen Snapper

Queen Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No Size Limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane s
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Red Grouper

Red Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 20” min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 4 daily in aggregate.
  • 4 daily in aggregate. The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters except from Feb. 1 to March 31 of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30. A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established

Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero).

Red Porgy

Red Porgy
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic - 14"
  • Gulf - None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 100 pounds

Red Snapper

Red Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 16″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 daily, per person
Season:
  • Open in State Waters (will close at 11:59 p.m. September 5th)
  • Closed in Federal waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero)

Redfish

Redfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 16″ min total length, 27″ max total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 5 daily per person; No more than one over 27” max total length
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit of red drum on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit of red drum in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwat

Take or Possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

Sailfish

Sailfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 63″ min lower jaw fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • No Bag or Possession Limit
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

An HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.

An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Scamp Grouper

Scamp Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 16″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 4 daily in aggregate.
  • 4 daily in aggregate. The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30. A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established

Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero).

Schoolmaster Snapper

Schoolmaster Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10"
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

Sheepshead

Minimum Size Limits:
  • 12"
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 15 per harvester per day
Remarks:

Snatching prohibited

Shrimp

Shrimp
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 5 gallons heads on per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less
Season:
  • April & May closed in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler & Clay counties
Remarks:

Visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing and select "Saltwater", "Regulations" and "Shrimp" for additional regula - tions specific to Dade, Nassau and Duval

Silk Snapper

Silk Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No Size Limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane s
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Snook (All species)

Snook (All  species)
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic excluding Monroe
  • Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf and Monroe County
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 per harvester per day
Season:
  • Atlantic (excluding Monroe) closed Dec. 15–Jan. 31 and June 1–Aug. 31.
  • Gulf including Monroe County, Dec. 1– end of February, and May 1–Aug. 31.
Remarks:

Snook permit required for harvest when saltwater license required. See MyFWC.com for snook permit details. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited.

Snowy Grouper

Snowy Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic - 1 per harvester
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester

Southern Flounder

Southern Flounder
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No size limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily per person
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters

Spiny Lobster

Spiny Lobster
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Carapace must be greater than 3" measured in the water
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Sport Season: 6 per harvester per day in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, 12 per day in all other harvest areas.
  • Regular Season: 6 per harvester in all areas
Season:
  • Sport Season Open July 27–28, 2016
  • Regular Season Closes on March 31, 2016 Reopens Aug. 6, 2016
Remarks:

Recreational trapping prohibited. Spiny lobster permit required when license required. Harvest of egg-bearing females prohibited.

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 12″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 25 daily per person
  • 15 daily per person with no more than two over 25” in specified areas of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes (see below).
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
  • Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a tr
Remarks:

Map of specified area with 15 daily limit.

Swordfish

Swordfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 47" lower jaw fork length with head attached or 25" cleithrum to keel length if head removed
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 per harvester per day, not to exceed a maximum of 4 per recreational (not for-hire) vessel or 15 per for-hire vessel per day
Remarks:

All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528. HMS permit required in federal waters. Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels.

Swordfish

Swordfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 29” min carcass length or 33 lbs. min dressed weight
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Not more than 5 per vessel per trip
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Recreational fishing vessels shall not possess more than five swordfish per vessel per trip. Swordfish taken under a recreational bag limit shall not be sold, purchased, exchanged, bartered, or attempted to be sold, purchased, exchanged or bartered. No pe

A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.

An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Tarpon

Tarpon
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 1 per harvester per year. $50 harvest tag required. Vessel limit of one fish. Harvest tag can only be used when fish is retained for potential IGFA record.
Remarks:

Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water during release. Spearing and snatch hooking prohibited. Bottom weighted jigs prohibited in Boca Grande Pass. See: My FWC .com/Fishing/ Saltwater/Recreational/Tarpon for additional information.

Tilefish

Tilefish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No size limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 20 daily per person for all tilefish in 20 fish aggregate.
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish

Tripletail

Tripletail
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 15"
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 per harvester per day
Remarks:

Hook and line only. No snatch hooks.

Vermilion Snapper

Vermilion Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 10″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within 20 reef fish aggregate.
  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Wahoo

Wahoo
Minimum Size Limits:
  • None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 2 per harvester per day

Wassau Grouper

Wassau Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - None
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 1 per vessel per day of each species

Weakfish

Weakfish
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Weakfish Management Area (WMA) in Nassau County - 12"
  • All other areas - no minimum
Daily Bag Limit:
  • WMA - 1 per harvester
  • All other areas - 100 pounds per day
Remarks:

Regulations apply in parts of Nassau County only.

See map at: My FWC .com/Fishing/ Saltwater/Recreational/Weakfish

Wenchman Snapper

Wenchman Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • No Size Limit
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane s
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 27” min curved fork length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 3 daily, per person
Season:
  • Open Year Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angli

Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.

A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.

An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Yellowmouth Grouper

Yellowmouth Grouper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf - 20"
Daily Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester
Season:
  • Atlantic - Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Yellowtail Snapper

Yellowtail Snapper
Minimum Size Limits:
  • 12″ min total length
Daily Bag Limit:
  • 10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.
  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane sn
  • Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issue
Season:
  • Open Year-Round in State Waters
Remarks:

Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.



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