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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)

36” 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

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

Highly Migratory Species5

Size Limit

Bag & Possession Limit

Shark6

Atlantic Sharpnose & Bonnethead Shark6:

None

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

Shortfin Mako Shark6:

Males: 71” min fork length

Females: 83” 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 Explanation)

Other Sharks (EXCEPT Prohibited silky and sandbar)6:

54” min fork length

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

Reef Fish3

*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.

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

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

Reef Fish and Other3

Size Limit

Bag & Possession Limit

Almaco Jack

No Size Limit

20 daily per person in aggregate*

Gray Triggerfish12

15” min fork length

1 daily per person in aggregate3*

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

Tripletail

18” min total length

5 daily per person

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Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two days’ bag limit on land; however, no person shall be in possession of fish over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for a consecutive period of longer than 25 hours. Take or possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

The possession limit for red drum and spotted seatrout taken south of U.S. Hwy 90 shall be three times the daily take limit when the fisherman holds and is in possession of a valid recreational fishing license and can show a landing receipt from a public boat launch located south of U.S. Hwy 90 that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the fisherman has been actively on the water or at a remote camp that can be accessed only by water for two days or more. The fish shall be kept whole or whole gutted in separate bags for each species of fish. The bags shall be marked with the date the fish were taken, the species, the number of fish contained in the bag, and the name and license number of the person taking the fish. The fish shall only be in the possession of the person who took the fish. However, no fisherman shall be actively fishing or engaged in fishing while in possession of more than the daily take limit.

Two days’ bag limit allowed in possession off of the water, not while fishing or in a boat except as mentioned above in relation to south of U.S. Hwy 90.

Two-day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators, as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.