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Florida

Saltwater Fishing

Other Reef Fish

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.

Other Reef Fish (If no season information is provided, the species is open year-round)

Amberjack, Greaters l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 28" fork length
  • Gulf - 34" fork length

Season:

  • Atlantic - Open year-round
  • Gulf - Open May 1–May 31, Aug. 1–Oct. 31

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 1 per harvester per day

Tilefish, Blueline s l

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 100 lbs. or 2 per harvester, which ever is greater

Season:

  • Atlantic - Open May 1–Aug. 31
  • Gulf - Open year-round

Remarks

  • Blueline tilefish included within Atlantic grouper aggregate bag limits.

Great Barracuda n

Regulations only apply in Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties.

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Not less than 15" or more than 36"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • 2 per person or 6 per vessel
  • May possess one over 36" per vessel.
  • Unregulated in all other areas.

Hogfishs l X

Atlantic regulations apply to Monroe county

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 16" fork length
  • Gulf - 14" fork length

Season:

  • Atlantic - Open May 1–Oct. 31
  • Gulf - Open year round

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 1 per harvester
  • Gulf - 5 per harvester

Triggerfish (Gray)s l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic – 12" fork length
  • Gulf - 15" fork length

Season:

  • Atlantic - Open year-round
  • Gulf - Open March 1–May 31, Aug. 1–Dec. 31, see MyFWC.com for updates

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 10 per harvester
  • Gulf - 1 per harvester

Red Porgys u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 14"
  • Gulf - None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 3 per harvester
  • Gulf - 100 pounds

Tilefish, Goldens l

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 1 per harvester
  • Gulf - 100 pounds or 2 per person, whichever is greater

Remarks

  • Golden tilefish included within Atlantic Grouper aggregate bag limits

Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Rudderfishs l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - Cannot be less than 14" or greater than 22" fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per person aggregate of the two species

Black Sea Basss u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 13"
  • Gulf - 10"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 7 per harvester
  • Gulf - 100 pounds per harvester