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Florida

Saltwater Fishing

Snapper

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.

Snapper

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, Cuberas 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, Reds u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic - 20"
  • Gulf - 16"

Season:

  • Atlantic - Open year-round
  • Gulf - Open June 4 - July 28

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, Vermilions 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, Lanes 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, Gray
(Mangrove)s u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per harvester

Snapper, Muttons u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 18"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per harvester

Snapper,
Schoolmasters u l

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

Snapper,
Yellowtails u l X

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 12"

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 10 per harvester

Other Snappers 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.