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Reef Fish

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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.

Grouper

Atlantic Grouper General Regulations:

  • Atlantic grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the Atlantic and all state waters off Monroe County (Gulf and Atlantic sides).
  • Atlantic grouper aggregate bag limit is 3 fish which means that no harvester shall retain more than 3 Atlantic groupers in any combination of species.
  • Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for hire vessels applies to all species of grouper

Gulf Grouper General Regulations:

  • Gulf grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the Gulf except off Monroe County (where Atlantic rules apply).
  • Gulf grouper aggregate bag limit is 4 fish which means that no harvester can retain more than 4 gulf grouper in any combination of species.
  • Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for hire vessels applies to Gag, Black, and Red Grouper only.

Specific Grouper Species Regulations

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Gag

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 24″
  • Gulf – 22″

Gag Grouper Seasons:

  • Atlantic – Closed: Jan. 1-April 30
  • Gulf – State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor Counties: Open April 1 – June 30.
  • Gulf – State waters off all other counties: Open July 1 – Dec. 3

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester. Only 1 fish can be gag or black
  • Gulf – 2 per harvester
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Grouper, Black

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 24″
  • Gulf – 22″

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1 – April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester. Only 1 fish can be gag or black
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester
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Grouper, Red

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 20″

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1 – April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester
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Grouper, Snowy

Minimum Size Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – No minimum

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester
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Grouper, Yellowfin & Yellowmouth

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 20″

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1 – April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester
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Grouper, Warsaw & Speckled Hind

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – No minimum

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 1 per vessel per day of each species
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Grouper, Scamp

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 20″
  • Gulf – 16″

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1 – April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester
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Other Grouper

Other Grouper includes:

  • Tiger, Rock Hind, Red Hind, Coney and Grasyby

Minimum Size Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – No minimum

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1 – April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester

Snappers

General Snappers Regulations:

  • Within state waters of the Atlantic and Gulf, the snapper aggregate bag limit is 10 fish per harvester unless the species rule specifies that it is not included in the aggregate. This means that a harvester can retain a total of 10 snappers in any combination of species. Exceptions are noted below.

Specific Snappers Species Regulations

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Snapper, Black & Wenchman

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – No minimum size

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester
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Snapper, Cubera

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 12″ (see remarks)

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester

Remarks

  • May possess no more than 2 Cubera Snapper over 30″ per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less. 30″ or larger not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.
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Snapper, Gray (Mangrove)

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 5 per harvester
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Snapper, Lane

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 8″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 10 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds (see remarks)

Remarks

  • Gulf not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.
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Snapper, Red

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 20″
  • Gulf – 16″

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Open year-round
  • Gulf harvest season was not available at the time of publication. Please visit MyFWC.com for harvest season information.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 2 per harvester

Remarks

  • Gulf – Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.
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Snapper, Vermilion

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 12″
  • Gulf – 10″

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 5 per harvester
  • Gulf – 10 per harvester

Remarks

  • Vermilion Snapper not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.
  • Atlantic: Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.
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Snapper, Mutton

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 16″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester
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Snapper, Schoolmaster

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester

All Other Snapper

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 12″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester

Remarks

  • Includes: Blackfin, Dog, Mahogany, Queen, Silk & Yellowtail.

Other Reef Fish

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Amberjack, Greater

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 28″ fork length
  • Gulf – 30″ fork length

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Open year-round
  • Gulf – Closed June 1–July 31

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 1 per harvester
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Hogfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 12″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 5 per harvester
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Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Rudderfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 14″ to 22″ slot size limit

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – 5 aggregate of the two species
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Black Sea Bass

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 13″
  • Gulf – 10″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 5 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds per harvester
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Red Porgy

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 14″
  • Gulf – No minimum size

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds
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Tilefish, Golden

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester

Remarks

  • Golden tilefish included within Atlantic and Gulf Grouper aggregate bag limits
  • Atlantic: Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels
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Triggerfish (Gray)

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 12″ fork length
  • Gulf – 14″ fork length

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic – Open year-round
  • Gulf – Closed June 1–July 31

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic – 100 pounds
  • Gulf – 2 per harvester
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Lionfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – no minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf – unlimited

Remarks

  • No license required to harvest by dip net, pole spear, Hawaiian sling.
  • Divers are encouraged to safely remove lionfish whenever they are found.

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