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Reef Fish

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

H Spearing Prohibited

s 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: January 2021
New regulations are highlighted in red
(please visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational
for the most current regulations)

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

Snapper

General Snapper
Regulations:

  • Snapper Aggregate Bag Limit – Within state waters of the Atlantic and Gulf, all species of snapper are included in a 10 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of snapper species, unless stated otherwise.
  • Seasons – If no seasonal information is provided, the species is open year-round.

Snapper, Cuberas u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 12″ (see below)
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester under 30″, included within snapper aggregate bag limit
  • May additionally harvest up to 2 over 30″ per harvester or vessel, whichever is less, and these 2 fish over 30″ are not included within snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Reds u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 20″
  • Gulf – 16″
Season:
  • Atlantic – Open year-round
  • Gulf – To be determined
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 2 per harvester
  • Gulf – Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.

Snapper, Vermilions u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 12″
  • Gulf – 10″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 5 per harvester not included within snapper aggregate bag limit
  • Gulf – 10 per harvester not included within snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Lanes u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 8″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 10 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds per harvester, not included within snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Gray
(Mangrove)s u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 5 per harvester

Snapper, Muttons u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 18″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 5 per harvester

Snapper,
Schoolmasters u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester

Snapper,
Yellowtails u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 12″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester

Other Snappers u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Dog and Mahogany: Atlantic and Gulf – 12”
  • No minimum size limit for other snappers
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 10 per harvester

See Recreational Gear for gear rules pertaining to reef fish.

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/Tilefish Aggregate Bag Limit – includes all species of grouper plus golden tilefish and blueline tilefish in any combination of species.
  • Seasons – If no seasonal information is provided, the species is open year-round.

Grouper, Blacks u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 24″
  • Gulf – 24″
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*

Grouper, Snowys l

Minimum Size Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – None
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester

Grouper, Reds u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 20″
Season:
  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 2 per harvester*

Grouper, Warsaw
& Speckled Hinds l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – None
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 1 per vessel per day of each species

Grouper, Scamps u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 20″
  • Gulf – 16″
Season:
  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester

Gag Groupers u l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 24″
  • Gulf – 24″
Season:
  • Atlantic – Closed: Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf – State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties: Open April 1
    –June 30, & Sept 1–Dec. 31.
  • Gulf – State waters off all other
    counties: Open June 1–Dec. 31
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester. Only 1 fish can be gag or black
  • Gulf – 2 per harvester*

Grouper, Yellowfin & Yellowmouths u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 20″
Season:
  • Atlantic – Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf – Open year-round
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester

Other Groupers s l

Other Grouper includes:
  • Rock Hind, Red Hind, Coney, Graysby, Misty, and Yellowedge
Season:
  • Atlantic – Rock hind, Red hind, Coney, Graysby: Closed Jan. 1-April 30
  • Atlantic – All others open year-round
  • Gulf – Open year-round
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 4 per harvester

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 – all species of grouper in the Gulf are included in a 4 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of grouper species.
  • Seasons – If no seasonal information is provided, the species is open year-round.

* Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels applies to gag, black, and red grouper only.

Other Reef Fish (If no season information is provided, the species is open year-round)

Amberjack, Greaters l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 28″ fork length
  • Gulf – 34″ fork length
Season:
  • Atlantic – Open year-round
  • Gulf – Open May 1–May 31, Aug. 1–Oct. 31
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 1 per harvester per day

Tilefish, Blueline s l

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester per day
  • Gulf – 100 lbs. or 2 per harvester, which ever is greater
Season:
  • Atlantic – Open May 1–Aug. 31
  • Gulf – Open year-round
Remarks
  • Blueline tilefish included within Atlantic grouper aggregate bag limits.

Great Barracuda n

Regulations only apply in Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties.

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Not less than 15″ or more than 36″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • 2 per person or 6 per vessel
  • May possess one over 36″ per vessel.
  • Unregulated in all other areas.

Hogfishs l X

Atlantic regulations apply to Monroe county

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 16″ fork length
  • Gulf – 14″ fork length
Season:
  • Atlantic – Open May 1–Oct. 31
  • Gulf – Open year round
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester
  • Gulf – 5 per harvester

Triggerfish (Gray)s l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 12″ fork length
  • Gulf – 15″ fork length
Season:
  • Atlantic – Open year-round
  • Gulf – Open March 1–May 31, Aug. 1–Dec. 31, see MyFWC.com for updates
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 10 per harvester
  • Gulf – 1 per harvester

Red Porgys u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 14″
  • Gulf – None
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 3 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds

Tilefish, Goldens l

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 1 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds or 2 per person, whichever is greater
Remarks
  • Golden tilefish included within Atlantic Grouper aggregate bag limits

Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Rudderfishs l X

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – Cannot be less than 14″ or greater than 22″ fork length
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic and Gulf – 5 per person aggregate of the two species

Black Sea Basss u l

Minimum Size Limits:
  • Atlantic – 13″
  • Gulf – 10″
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
  • Atlantic – 7 per harvester
  • Gulf – 100 pounds per harvester