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Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

H Spearing Prohibited

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

u 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.

n State regulations apply in federal waters.

l Additional gear rules apply, please see: MyFWC.com

T Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook (any hook with two or more points and a common shaft) in conjunction with live or dead natural bait.

X Gulf reef fish survey required when fishing for selected reef species from a private vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

Issued: July 2018
New regulations are highlighted in red
Regulations apply to state waters of the Gulf and Atlantic
(please visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational for the most current regulations)

All art: © Diane Rome Peebles, except snowy grouper (Duane Raver)

Bluefishn

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 per harvester

WeakfishH u

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 harvester

Remarks

Black Drum u T n

Size Limits:

  • Not less than 14″ or more than 24″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 5 per harvester

Remarks

  • May possess one over 24″. Snatching prohibited.

Blue Runnern

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 100 fish per harvester

Snook
(All species) H u T n

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, Dec. 1–end of February, and May 1–Aug. 31.
  • Catch-and-release only from Gordon Pass in Collier to the Pasco – Hernando county line through May 10, 2019.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester

Remarks

  • Snook permit required for harvest when saltwater license required. See MyFWC.com for snook permit details. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited.
  • Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels

Flounder u T

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 per harvester

Remarks

  • May be harvested by spearing.
    Snatching prohibited.

BonefishH n

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 0 per harvester

Remarks

  • Catch and release only
  • Hook and line only

Spotted
Seatroutl H u T n

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 zone map at MyFWC.com.

Mullet, Striped (Black) & Silver

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum size

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 50 aggregate per harvester;
  • Aggregate vessel limits
    Feb. 1–Aug. 31: 100 per vessel;
    Sept. 1–Jan. 31: 50 per vessel

Pompano, Africanl H T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 24″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel

Permitl H T n

Minimum Size Limits:

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

Closed Season:

  • April 1–July 31 SPZ Only

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester, not to exceed 2 per vessel SPZ;
  • 2 per harvester all other state waters

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.
  • Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels

Pompano,
FloridaH T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 11″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 6 per harvester

Remarks

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

Sheepsheadl u T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 8 per harvester

Remarks

  • Snatching prohibited
  • Vessel limit of 50 fish during March and April

Tarponl H T n

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.

Red Drum (Redfish)H u T

Size Limits:

  • Not less than 18″ or more than 27″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day in the NE zone, and 1 per harvester in the NW and S zone. See map on Management Zones
  • Off the water possession limit of 6 fish

Remarks

  • Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited. Harvest in Federal waters prohibited.
  • Catch-and-release only from Gordon Pass in Collier to the Pasco – Hernando county line through May 10, 2019.