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Pelagics

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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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Billfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Sailfish 63";
  • Blue Marlin 99";
  • White Marlin 66";
  • Roundscale Spearfish 66"

Daily Recreational 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.
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Cobia (Ling)

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 33" fork

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less
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Dolphin

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 20" fork length
  • Gulf – No minimum size

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 per harvester per day, not to exceed 60 per vessel per day
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Mackerel, King

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 24" fork

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Bag limit reduced to 1 in some state waters when federal waters are closed to all harvest.
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Mackerel, Spanish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12" fork

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 15 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Transfer of Spanish Mackerel to other vessels at sea is prohibited.
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Swordfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 47" lower jaw fork length with head attached or 25" cleithrum to keel length if head removed.

Daily Recreational 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.
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Tripletail T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 15"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day

Remarks

  • Hook & line gear only. No snatch hooks.
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Wahoo

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day

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