Snapper Grouper Complex Size & Catch Limits
South Carolina Hunting & Fishing
TL=Total Length, FL=Fork Length.
AIW=Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; State Waters extend from the saltwater-freshwater dividing line to the 3-mile limit. Federal Waters extend from the 3-mile limit to 200 miles offshore (international waters).
Up to date fishing regulations can be found on the SCDNR website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/saltwaterfish.html.
All species in this section must be landed with head and tail intact.
An operator or crew member onboard a for-hire or commercial vessel must have a valid Operator Card when underway fishing for Dolphin/Wahoo.
These species are also managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) in federal waters. Regulations may change. Please contact the SAFMC at 843-571-4366 or www.safmc.net to get the most up to date regulations on these species.
The harvest and possession of coastal migratory pelagic species by commercial and recreational fishermen will be limited to the recreational bag limit within the Special Management Zones.
|Many of these species are managed under annual catch limits. Seasons may be closed when catch limits are met. Visit http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov for the latest information on the status of annual catch limits. |
These species are also managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) in federal waters. Regulations may change. Please contact the SAFMC at 843-571-4366 or www.safmc.net to get the most up to date regulations on these species. You can also download the FREE mobile application Fish Rules. Fish Rules is available for both android and apple products.
Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. Non-stainless circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits for snapper grouper species.
Sale of snapper grouper under the recreational bag limit is prohibited. For-hire vessels must have a Snapper Grouper permit to fish for these species in federal waters.
The harvest and possession of snapper grouper species by commercial and recreational fishermen will be limited to the recreational bag limit within the Special Management Zones.
Sea Turtle Release Gear Requirements: For-hire vessels fishing for snapper grouper species and possessing a federal for-fire permit must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow release protocols. For more information, call 727-824-5312 or visit, http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_sa/turtle_sawfish_release/index.html
|Greater Amberjack||1 per person per day||28-inch FL|| |
|Hogfish||2 per person per day||17-inch FL|
Jan. 1 – June 30 and Sept. 1 – Dec. 31
|1 per vessel per day|
|Black Seabass||In federal waters, closed when Annual Catch Limit (ACL) is met||7 per person per day||13-inch TL|
Porgies and Snappers
|Red Porgy||3 per person per day||14-inch TL|
|Vermilion Snapper||5 per person per day||12-inch TL|
|Red Snapper||Possession prohibited||Possession prohibited|
|Lane Snapper||10 per person per day from this group||8-inch TL|
|Black, Blackfin, Cubera, Dog, Yellowtail, Gray, Mahogany, Schoolmaster||12-inch TL|
|Silk and Queen Snapper||12-inch TL|
|Mutton Snapper||5 per person per day, included in the above group limit of 10 per person per day||18-inch TL|
Grouper and Tilefish
|Gag & Black Grouper||Closed: |
Jan. 1 – Apr. 30
|Included in the 3 grouper aggregate daily bag limit; Maximum of 1 gag or black grouper (but not both) per person/day||24-inch TL|
|Scamp, Red, Yellowfin, & Yellowmouth Groupers||Closed: |
Jan. 1 – Apr. 30
|Included in the 3 grouper aggregate |
daily bag limit
|Golden Tilefish, Blueline Tilefish, and Sand Tilefish||Closed: |
Sept. 1 – Apr. 30
|Included in 3 grouper aggregate bag limit; Blueline tilefish – 3 per person per day (May-August only); Golden tilefish – 1 fish per person per day|
|Misty & Yellowedge Grouper||Included in the 3 grouper aggregate daily bag limit|
|Coney, Graysby, Red Hind & Rock Hind||Closed: |
Jan. 1 – Apr. 30
|Included in the 3 grouper aggregate daily bag limit|
|Snowy Grouper||Sept. 1 – Apr. 30||Included in the 3 grouper aggregate daily bag limit; Only 1 fish per VESSEL per day (May – August only)|
|Warsaw and |
|Possession prohibited||Possession prohibited|
|Nassau & Goliath Grouper||Possession prohibited||Possession prohibited|| |
All Other Snapper Grouper Complex Species
|Including but not limited to: Lesser Amberjack; Cottonwick; White Grunt; Scup; Almaco & Bar Jacks; Margate; Whitebone, Knobbed, Jolthead, Saucereye & Longspine Porgies; Banded Rudderfish; Sailors Choice; Bank Seabass; Rock Seabass; Ocean Triggerfish||20 per person per day aggregate bag limit|| |
|Gray Triggerfish||12-inch FL|