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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

Snapper

Issued: July 2022
New regulations are highlighted in red (please visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational for the most current regulations)

General Snapper Regulations:

  • Snapper Aggregate Bag Limit – Within state waters of the Atlantic and Gulf, all species of snapper are included in a 10 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of snapper species, unless stated otherwise.
  • Seasons – If no seasonal information is provided, the species is open year-round.

Snapper, Cubera - s u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 12" (see below)

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester under 30", included within snapper aggregate bag limit
  • May additionally harvest up to 2 over 30" per harvester or vessel, whichever is less, and these 2 fish over 30" are not included within snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Gray (Mangrove) - s u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per harvester

Snapper, Red - s u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 20"
  • Gulf - 16"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Open year-round
  • Gulf - June 17 - July 31
    Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
    Nov. 11-13, 25-27

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 2 per harvester
  • Gulf - Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.

Snapper, Mutton - s u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 18"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per harvester

Snapper, Vermilion - s u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 12"
  • Gulf - 10"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 5 per harvester not included within snapper aggregate bag limit
  • Gulf - 10 per harvester not included within snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Schoolmaster - s u l n

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

Snapper, Lane - s u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 8"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic - 10 per harvester
  • Gulf - 100 pounds per harvester, not included within snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper,
Yellowtail - s u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 12"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

Other Snapper - s u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Dog and Mahogany: Atlantic and Gulf - 12”
  • No minimum size limit for other snappers

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

See Recreational Gear for gear rules pertaining to reef fish.