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Finfish Seasons, Limits, Sizes

Fishing Regulations Icon Georgia Fishing

All limits per person unless specified. FL = fork length, TL = total length

Species

Open Season

DAILY LIMIT and POSSESSION LIMIT

MINIMUM SIZE (inches)

Amberjack*

All year

1

28 FL

American Eel

All year

25

9 TL

Atlantic croaker

All year

25

Atlantic sturgeon

No Harvest

Billfish (Blue marlin,
White marlin, Sailfish)*

Catch and Release Only

Black drum

All year

15

14 TL

Black sea bass*

All year

15

12 TL

Bluefish

All year

15

12 FL

Cobia**

All year

2

33 FL

Dolphin*

All year

10 (Not to exceed 60 per boat, except for headboats which are allowed 10 per paying customer.

20 FL

Flounder

All year

15

12 TL

Gag grouper*

All year

2

24 TL

King mackerel*

All year

3

24 FL

Red drum (Channel bass,
Spottail bass, Redfish)

All year

5

14 TL (23 TL maximum)

Red porgy*

All year

3

14 TL

Red snapper*

All year

2

20 TL

Sharks (other than Hammerheads, SSC and Prohibited Sharks)*

All Year

1 per angler or boat, whichever is less

54 FL

Sharks: Hammerheads (Great, Scalloped, and Smooth)

All Year

1 per angler or boat, whichever is less

78 FL

Small shark composite (SSC)*
(Atlantic sharpnose, Bonnethead, Spiny dogfish)

All Year

1 per angler

30 FL

Prohibited Sharks
(NO HARVEST)

Sand tiger, Sandbar, Silky, Bigeye sand tiger, Whale, Basking, White, Dusky, Bignose, Galapagos, Night, Reef, Narrowtooth, Caribbean sharpnose, Smalltail, Atlantic angel, Longfin mako, Bigeye thresher, Sharpnose sevengill, Bluntnose sixgill, and Bigeye sixgill

Sheepshead

All year

15

10 FL

Spanish mackerel*

All year

15

12 FL

Spot

All year

25

Spotted seatrout

All year

15

14 TL

Striped bass (Saltwater)

All year

2

22 TL

Striped bass (Savannah River)

All year

2

27 TL

Tarpon

All year

1

68 FL

Tripletail

All year

2

18 TL

Weakfish

All year

1

13 TL

* These species are also federally managed from 3 to 200 miles offshore. Go to www.safmc.net for federal regulations.

** At the time of press (December 2017), cobia regulations were being reviewed by the Board of Natural Resources. In order to meet federal and interstate regulations, a Mar. 1 – Oct. 31 season, a bag limit reduction of 1 cobia per person, 6 per vessel maximum and an increase in minimum size to 36 inches is being considered. This change is necessary in order to open federal waters in the future.

Tagged Fish

Coastal Resources Division (CRD) biologists are conducting long-term studies on the growth, migration and fishing exploitation rates of red drum, black drum, tarpon, and tripletail. If you catch a tagged fish, please record and report the following information: 1) your name, address, and phone number, 2) fish species, 3) date caught, 4) tag number, 5) total length and location, and 6) whether the fish was kept or released. To report a tagged fish call (912) 264-7218. If released, please do not remove the tag.

If kept, please return the tag to GADNR/CRD, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520. If the tag number is not legible lightly scrape the tag with your fingernail or similar flat object.

Tripletail with tag ID beginning with the prefix “TT” contain surgically implanted acoustic transmitters. Anglers who catch these tagged fish are encouraged to release them with the tag intact, then call and report the catch.

If you are an angler who practices catch and release and would like to become a cooperative angler please contact the Cooperative Angler Tagging Program at 912-264-7218.