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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)

BillfishH

Minimum Size Limits:

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

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester 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.

Wahoo

Minimum Size Limits:

  • None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester

SwordfishH

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

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.

Cobia (Ling)

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 33″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester, not to exceed 2 per vessel

Mackerel, King

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 24″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic (excluding Monroe) – 2 per harvester
  • Gulf (including Monroe) – 3 per harvester

Remarks

  • Bag limit reduced to 1 in some state waters if federal waters are closed to recreational harvest.

TripletailH u T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 18″

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester

Remarks

  • Hook and line only. No snatch hooks.

Mackerel, Spanish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12″ fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 15 per harvester

Dolphinfish

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 20″ fork length
  • Gulf – None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 10 per harvester per day, not to exceed 60 per vessel per day. Vessel limit does not apply to for-hire vessels.