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Florida

Saltwater Fishing

Grouper

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.

Grouper

Atlantic Grouper
General Regulations:

  • Atlantic grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the Atlantic and all state waters off Monroe County (Gulf and Atlantic sides).
  • Atlantic Grouper/Tilefish Aggregate Bag Limit – includes all species of grouper plus golden tilefish and blueline tilefish included in a 3 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of species.
  • Seasons – If no seasonal information is provided, the species is open year-round.

Gulf Grouper
General Regulations:

  • Gulf grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the Gulf except off Monroe County (where Atlantic rules apply).
  • Gulf Grouper Aggregate Bag Limit – all species of grouper in the Gulf are included in a 4 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of grouper species.
  • Seasons – If no seasonal information is provided, the species is open year-round.

* Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels applies to gag, black, and red grouper only.

Grouper, Blacks u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 24"
  • Gulf - 24"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 1 per harvester. Only 1 fish can be gag or black
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester*

Grouper, Snowys l

Minimum Size Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 1 per harvester
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester

Grouper, Reds u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 20"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 2 per harvester*

Grouper, Warsaw
& Speckled Hinds l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 1 per vessel per day of each species

Grouper, Scamps u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 20"
  • Gulf - 16"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester

Gag Groupers u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 24"
  • Gulf - 24"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Closed: Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf - State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties: Open April 1
    –June 30, & Sept 1–Dec. 31.
  • Gulf - State waters off all other
    counties: Open June 1–Dec. 31

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 1 per harvester. Only 1 fish can be gag or black
  • Gulf - 2 per harvester*

Grouper, Yellowfin
& Yellowmouths u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 20"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Closed Jan. 1–April 30
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester

Other Groupers s l

Other Grouper includes:

  • Rock Hind, Red Hind, Coney, Graysby, Misty, and Yellowedge

Season:

  • Atlantic – Rock hind, Red hind, Coney, Graysby: Closed Jan. 1-April 30
  • Atlantic - All others open year-round
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 4 per harvester