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Saltwater Creel & Size Limits

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Unless otherwise established, there are no size limits on species not listed and unless otherwise noted, possession limits for saltwater fish are the same as the daily bag limit.

Common Coastal Species

Size Limit

Bag & Possession Limit

Cobia14 (Ling or Lemonfish)

33” min fork length

2 daily per person

Drum

16” min total length

27” max total length

Black Drum:

5 daily per person – bag and

possession

No more than one over 27” max total length

Red Drum (Redfish)1:

5 daily per person – bag2

No more than one over 27” max total length

Southern Flounder

No Size Limit

10 daily per person

Mackerel

King Mackerel3:

24” min fork length

3 daily per person

Spanish Mackerel3:

12” min fork length

15 daily per person

Striped Mullet

No Size Limit

100 lbs. daily

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)4

12” min total length

25 daily per person – bag2; 15 daily per person with no more than two over 25” (in specified areas)

Highly Migratory Species5

Size Limit

Bag & Possession Limit

Marlin14

Blue Marlin:

99” min lower jaw fork length

No Bag or Possession Limit

White Marlin:

66” min lower jaw fork length

Sailfish14

63” min lower jaw fork length

No Bag or Possession Limit

Shark6

Atlantic Sharpnose & Bonnethead Shark6:

None

1 daily per person –

possession. All shark harvest prohibited from April 1 – June 30

Other Sharks (EXCEPT Prohibited silky and sandbar)6:

54” min fork length

1 in aggregate per vessel per trip – possession. No silky or sandbar sharks. No prohibited species. All shark harvest prohibited from April 1 – June 30. (See complete list of Prohibited Sharks on Saltwater Fishing)

Swordfish7,14

29” min carcass length or

33 lbs. min dressed weight

Not more than 5 per vessel per trip

Tuna8,14

Bluefin Tuna8:

73” min curved fork length

1 per vessel per year with appropriate federal permit as incidental catch during the open season

Bigeye Tuna8:

27” min curved fork length

No Bag or Possession Limit

Yellowfin Tuna8:

27” min curved fork length

3 daily per person

*NOTE:

  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are Vermilion Snapper, Lane Snapper, Almaco Jack, Gray Triggerfish, Tilefish, Goldface Tilefish, and Blueline Tilefish.
  • Species within the 10 fish aggregate bag limit are all snappers (Gray, Mutton, Yellowtail, Cubera, Queen, Blackfin, Silk and Wenchman) except Red, Vermilion and Lane.

Reef Fish3

Size Limit

Bag & Possession Limit

Grouper9,10,14

Black & Gag9:

24” min total length

4 daily in aggregate

No more than 1 speckled hind and 1 Warsaw grouper per vessel, not more than 2 red grouper per person, and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit

Red & Yellowfin9:

20” min total length

Scamp9:

16” min total length

Goliath & Nassau:

Take Prohibited

Take/Possession Prohibited

Snapper14

Red Snapper

Gray Snapper

Lane Snapper

Red10,11:

16” min total length

2 daily per person2

Mutton:

18” min total length

10 daily per person in aggregate with no more than 5 mutton snapper3*

Queen, Blackfin, Silk & Wenchman: None

Cubera, Gray (mangrove) & Yellowtail:

12” min total length

Lane: 8” min total length

20 daily per person in aggregate, with no more than 1 gray triggerfish and not more than 10 vermilion snapper per person included in the bag limit3*

Vermilion: 10” min total length

Almaco Jack

No Size Limit

20 daily per person in aggregate*

Gray Triggerfish12

15” min fork length

1 daily per person in aggregate3*

Reef Fish and Other3

Size Limit

Bag & Possession Limit

Tilefish (Goldface & Blueline)

No Size Limit

20 daily per person in

aggregate*

Amberjack13

Greater10,13:

34” min fork length

1 daily per person3

Lesser & Banded Rudderfish13:

14-22” fork length slot limit

5 daily per person in

aggregate

Hogfish

14” min fork length

5 daily per person

18” min total length

5 daily per person

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