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Must remain in whole condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).

Measured as total length.Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side.

State regulations apply in federal waters.

Additional gear rules apply. See Reef Fish Gear Rules.

THarvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait.

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Black Drum T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Not less than 14″ or more than 24″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 5 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • May possess one over 24″. Snatching prohibited.
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Bluefish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″ fork

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 per harvester per day
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Blue Runner

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 100 fish per harvester per day
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Bonefish

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 0 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Catch and release only.
  • Hook and line gear only.
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Permit T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 22″ fork Special Permit Zone (SPZ); Not less than 11″ or more than 22″ fork all other areas

Closed Season:

  • May 1–July 31 SPZ Only

Daily Recreational 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

Remarks

  • May possess 1 over 22″ fork length in all other areas, not to exceed 2 over 22″ fork per vessel per day. For map of SPZ, please see: MyFWC.com.
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Pompano, African T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 24″ fork

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel per day.
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Pompano, Florida T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 11″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 6 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Hook and line, cast net, and beach or haul seine ONLY.
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Red Drum (Redfish) T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Not less than 18″ or more than 27″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day in NE and NW zones, 1 per harvester per day in S zone. See Management Zones.
  • Vessel limit of 8 fish, on-shore possession limit during transport 6 fish

Remarks

  • Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited. Harvest in Federal waters prohibited.
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Snook (All species) T

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

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic (excluding Monroe) closed Dec. 15–Jan. 31 and June 1–Aug. 31.
  • Gulf including Monroe County, December 1 – end of February, and May 1 – Aug. 31.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Snook permit required for harvest when saltwater license required. See Licenses and Permits for snook permit details. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited.
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Spotted Seatrout T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Not less than 15″ or more than 20″ (See remarks)

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 5 per harvester per day N.W. Zone
  • 4 per harvester per day S.W. Zone
  • 4 per harvester per day S.E. Zone
  • 6 per harvester per day N.E. Zone

Remarks

  • May possess no more than 1 over 20″; included in the regional bag limit. See Management Zones.
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Tarpon T

Recreational 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: myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/tarpon/ for additional information.
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Weakfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Weakfish Management Area (WMA) in Nassau County – 12″
  • All other areas – no minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • WMA – 1 per harvester
  • All other areas – 100 pounds per day

Remarks

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Flounder T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • May be harvested by spearing. Snatching prohibited.
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Mullet, Striped (Black) & Silver

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum size

Daily Recreational 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
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Shad T

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 aggregate per harvester per day

Remarks

  • American, Alabama & Hickory are part of aggregate limit. Hook & line gear only.
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Sheepshead T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 15 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Snatching prohibited.

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