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Florida

Saltwater Fishing

Coastal Species

Issued: June 2021
New regulations are highlighted in red
(please visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational
for the most current regulations)

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

Pompano,
Africanl H s T n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • 24" fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel

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 pg. 9.
  • See management zone map on pg. 8.
  • 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 management zone map on pg. 9
  • 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.

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.

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

Blue Runnern

Minimum Size Limits:

  • No minimum

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 100 fish per harvester

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 Management Zones
  • 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 management zone map on pg. 9
  • Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited. Harvest in Federal waters prohibited.