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Florida

Saltwater Fishing

Coastal Species

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 State Reef Fish Angler designation required when fishing for select reef fish species from a private vessel in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean.

Bluefishs n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12" fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 10 per harvester (includes Monroe County)

Flounders u T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 14"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 5 per harvester

Closed Season:

  • Oct. 15–Nov. 30

Remarks

  • May be harvested by spearing.
    Snatching prohibited.

BonefishH n

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 0 per harvester

Remarks

  • Catch and release only
  • Hook and line only

Atlantic Croaker and Spotl H s T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 50 per harvester per species (excludes Monroe county)
  • Gulf - 100lbs per harvester (including Monroe county)

Sheepsheadl s u T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 12"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 8 per harvester

Remarks

  • Snatching prohibited
  • Vessel limit of 50 fish during March and April

Permitl s H T n

Size Limits:

  • 22" fork Special Permit Zone (SPZ); Not less than 11" or more than 22" fork length all other areas

Closed Season:

  • April 1–July 31 SPZ Only

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester, not to exceed 2 per vessel SPZ;
  • 2 per harvester all other state waters

Remarks

  • May possess 1 over 22" fork length outside the SPZ, not to exceed 2 over 22" fork per vessel per day. For map of SPZ, please see: MyFWC.com.
  • Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels

Spotted
Seatroutl H s u T n

Size Limits:

  • Not less than 15" or more than 19"
  • May not possess more than 1 over 19" per vessel

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 3 per harvester per day W.P. Zone
  • 5 per harvester per day B.B. Zone
  • 3 per harvester per day S. Zone
  • 2 per harvester per day C.E. Zone
  • 5 per harvester per day N.E. Zone

Closed Season:

  • Feb. W.P. Zone
  • Nov. - Dec. C.E. Zone

Remarks

  • 6 fish vessel limit south of state road 64 (Manatee County) through Gordon Pass (Collier County) See map on Management Zones.
  • See management zone map on Management Zones.
  • Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels statewide

Weakfishs H u

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Weakfish Management Area (WMA) in Nassau County - 12"
  • All other areas - no minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • WMA - 1 per harvester
  • All other areas - 100 pounds per harvester

Remarks

Snook
(All species)s H u T n

Size Limits:

  • Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic excluding Monroe
  • Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf and Monroe County

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic (excluding Monroe) closed Dec. 15–Jan. 31 and June 1–Aug. 31.
  • Gulf including Monroe County, Dec. 1–end of February, and May 1–Aug. 31.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester

Remarks

  • Remains Catch-and-release only south of state road 64 (Manatee County) to Gordon Pass (Collier County) See map on Management Zones
  • Snook permit required for harvest when saltwater license required. See MyFWC.com for snook permit details. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited.
  • Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels

Tarponl H T n

Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 1 per harvester per year. $50 harvest tag required. Vessel limit of one fish. Harvest tag can only be used when fish is retained for potential IGFA record.

Remarks

  • Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water during release. Spearing and snatch hooking prohibited. Bottom weighted jigs prohibited in Boca Grande Pass. See: Myfwc.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational/Tarpon for additional information.

Red Drum
(Redfish)s H u T

Size Limits:

  • Not less than 18" or more than 27"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day in the NE zone, and 1 per harvester in the NW and S zone. See map on p. 6
  • Off the water possession limit of 6 fish

Remarks

  • Remains Catch-and-release only south of state road 64 (Manatee County) to Gordon Pass (Collier County) See map on Management Zones
  • Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited. Harvest in Federal waters prohibited.

Mullet, Striped
(Black) & Silver

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum size

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 50 aggregate per harvester;
  • Aggregate vessel limits
    Feb. 1–Aug. 31: 100 per vessel;
    Sept. 1–Jan. 31: 50 per vessel

Black Drums u T n

Size Limits:

  • Not less than 14" or more than 24"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 5 per harvester

Remarks

  • May possess one over 24". Snatching prohibited.

Pompano, Floridas H T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 11" fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 6 per harvester

Remarks

  • Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine ONLY.

Blue Runnern

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 100 fish per harvester

Can't find your fish in the regulations?

Florida’s coastal waters are home to thousands of marine species, and the majority of these species have no specific regulations with regard to bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions or closed seasons. These species are often referred to as “unregulated species,” although the name can be a bit misleading. State law provides that for any marine species that does not have specific regulations, harvesting more than 100 pounds or two fish (whichever is the greater amount) constitutes a commercial quantity and requires a commercial license. This means the recreational harvest limit for any unregulated species is 100 pounds or two organisms if the combined weight of the two organisms exceeds 100 pounds.

Examples of "unregulated species" include:

Ladyfish, bonito, menhaden, white grunt, southern stingray, gulf kingfish (whiting), pinfish, Atlantic croaker, jack crevalle, cero mackerel, hardhead catfish, gafftopsail catfish, lionfish.

* No license is required to harvest lionfish by dipnet, pole spear or Hawaiian sling and lionfish bag limit is unlimited for both Gulf and Atlantic state waters .