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Florida State Fishing Regulations
Species Min. Size Limits Closed Season Daily Rec. Bag Limit Remarks

Greater*
Amberjack

28" fork

 

Lesser* Amberjack
Banded
Rudderfish

no less than 14"  no more than 22" fork

 

5 aggregate of lesser amberjack and banded rudderfish 

 

Billfish

Sailfish-63"
Blue Marlin-99"
White Marlin-66"
 

1 per person per day aggregate
bag limit 

Species includes Marlin, Spearfish, & Sailfish. Measured tip of lower jaw to fork. Federal size limits apply.

Black*~^ Drum

no less than 14"
no more than 24"

 

5 per person per day

May possess one over 24".

Bluefish*

12" fork  

10 per person per day

 

Bonefish~

18"  

1 per person per day

 

Clams-Hard

1"thick across hinge  

1- 5 gal. bucket
per person or 2 per vessel, whichever is less per day

Illegal to harvest from closed areas. Call 1-877-304-4024  for info. 

Cobia* (Ling)

33" fork  

2 per person per day

 

Crab-Blue

   

10 gal. whole per day

5 traps max. Trap requirements apply.  Harvesting of egg bearing crabs prohibited.

Crab-Stone

2 3/4" claw

May 15 to Oct. 15

1 gal. per person or 2 gal. per vessel, which
ever is less

5 trap max, trap requirements apply. Illegal to possess whole crab. Harvest of egg bearing crabs prohibited.

Crawfish
Spiny Lobster

Larger than 3" carapace measured in the water.

April 1- Aug. 5. Exception: 
last Wed. & Thurs. in July
every year.

24 per vessel or 6 per person per day, which- ever is less

Recreational trapping prohibited. Crawfish permit required. Special bag limit for 2 day Sport Season. Call BME for current info on Sport Season.

Dolphin

 

 

10 per person
per day

 

Flounder*~^

12"

    

10 per person
per day

May be harvested by spearing. 

Grouper*~ Black & Gag

24" Atlantic & Monroe County
22" Gulf

    

2 per person per day Atlantic & Monroe Cty.
5 per person per day Gulf

Included in 5 per person per day grouper aggregate bag limits.

Grouper*~ Red, Scamp,
Yellowfin,
Yellowmouth

20"

    Included in 5 per person per bag grouper aggregate bag limits.

   

Grouper*~
Warsaw
Speckled Hind
        1 per vessel per day of each species Included in 5 per person per day grouper aggregate bag limits.

Grouper*~
All Others

     

    

Included in 5 per person per day grouper aggregate bag limits.

Includes Coney, Graysby, Misty, Red Hind, Rock Hind, Snowy, Tiger, Yellowedge

Hogfish*

12" fork

 

5 per person per day

    

Mackerel-
King*

24" fork

    

2 per person per day

Bag limit in Gulf-Atlantic reduced to 1 when federal waters are closed to all harvest. Call BME for details.

Mackerel-* Spanish

12" fork

    

15 per person per day

 Transfer to other vessels at sea is prohibited.

Mullet-
Striped or Black

    

    

Feb. 1-Aug. 31, 50 per person- max. 100 per vessel 

Sept. 1 -Jan. 31 50 per person or  per vessel, whichever is less.   

Oysters*

3" 

June, July, Aug. in Dixie, Wakulla, Levy co. July, Aug., Sept. all other  areas.

2 bags per person or vessel, whichever is less per day. 1 bag= 60 lbs. or two 5 gal buckets (whole in shell)

Apalachicola Bay has summer & winter seasons/areas. Harvest from approved shellfish areas only. Call 1-877-304-4024 for allowable harvesting areas.

Permit*^
Pompano

not less than 10" no more than 20" fork May possess one of either species 10 per person
per day aggregate of permit or pompano.
May possess one over 20" of either permit or pompano. Gigging, spearing,snatching prohibited.

Pompano*^
African

not less than 24"  fork   2 per person per vessel per day, whichever is less Hook and line gear only. 

RedDrum*~^
(Redfish)

not less than 18" not more than 27"    1 per person per day  Gigging, spearing, and snatching prohibited.

Red*~
Porgy

14"  Atlantic  Closed- Atlantic 5 per person per day-Atlantic Atlantic Red Porgy closed until further notice.

Scallops-Bay

N/A Sept 11-
June 30 
2 gal. whole or 1 pint meat per person per day, no more than 10 gal. whole or 1/2 gal. meat per vessel anytime. Harvest areas allowed only in state waters of Gulf of Mexico north of lat.29 degrees, 17 minutes and 02 seconds north (from the south bank of the mouth of the Suwannee River to near channel marker 21 westward to the outer limits of state waters.)

Seabass-*~
Black

10"   20 per person per day-Atlantic  

Shad

     10 aggregate per person per day American, Alabama, and Hickory are part of aggregate limit. Hook and line gear only.

Shark

     1 per person/2 per vessel per day, whichever is less Practice of finning and filleting at sea prohibited. See list below for protected species.

Sheepshead*~^

12"    

15 per person per day 

    

Shrimp

N/A

April & May closed to Nassau, Duval,
St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, & Clay counties.  

5 gal. heads on per person or vessel per day 

Must be landed in whole condition. Contact BME for closed areas.

Snapper-*~
Black & Wenchman
    Included w/in 10 per person per day Snapper aggregate bag limit.  

Snapper*~
Cubera

no less than 12" no more than 30"

     

Included in 10 per person per day aggregate bag limit if under 30". 

Allowed two over 30" per person or vessel per day, whichever is less. 30" or larger not included in aggregate bag limit.

Snapper*~
Gray
(Mangrove)

10"       

5 per person per day. 

Included within 10 per person per day snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper-*~
Lane

8"     

Included within 10 per person per day bag limit if harvested in Atlantic. 

Not included in aggregate bag limit if harvested in Gulf of Mexico. 

Snapper*~
Mutton

16"      

Included in 10 per person per day aggregate bag limit. 

     

Snapper*~
Red

16" Gulf
20" Atlantic  

Closed Nov. 1 - April 14 Gulf only 

4 per person per day Gulf, 2 per person per day Atlantic

Included within 10 per person per day bag limit.

Snapper*~
Schoolmaster

  10"  

10 per person per day snapper aggregate bag limit.

     

Snapper*~
Vermillion

10"   

Included w/in 10 per person per day Snapper aggregate bag limit if harvested from Atlantic

Vermillion Snapper harvested from the Gulf of Mexico not included w/in the Snapper aggregate bag limit.   

Snapper*~
all other

12"   

Included within 10 per person per day aggregate bag limit. 

Includes Blackfin, Dog, Mahogany, Queen, Silk, and Yellowtail

Snook*~^
(All species)

Not less than 26" or more than 34"

Dec. 15-Jan. 31 of each year & June, July, Aug.

2 per person per day.

Snook permit required when saltwater license required. State regulations apply in Federal waters. Illegal to buy or sell.

Spotted*~^
Sea Trout

Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person.

N.E. & N.W. Regions: Feb.
 
S. Region: Nov. and Dec.

N.E. & N.W. Regions: 5 per person per day
S. Region: 4 per person per day

#See region definitions below. 

Tarpon

     

2 fish possession limit 

Requires $50 Tarpon tag to possess or harvest. 

Triggerfish*~
(Gray)

12"   

  

All other species have live landing & live well requirements. 

Tripletail*~^

15"    

2 per person per day

Hook and line gear only. (No snatch hooks)

Weakfish*~^

12"   

4 per person per day 

 

*Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore.
~Measured as total length.
^Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or natural bait.

WHO NEEDS SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE ?

The following species are prohibited for harvest by spearing: Billfish(all species), Bonefish, Jewfish, Nassau Grouper, Permit, Pompano, African Pompano, Manta Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray, Red Drum, Sharks, Snook, Sturgeon, Spotted Seatrout, Tarpon, Tripletail, Weakfish, and ornamental reef fish families including surgeonfish, trumpetfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, porcupinefish, cornetfish, squirrelfish, trunkfish, damselfish, parrotfish, pipefish, seahorse, and puffers.

PROTECTED SPECIES
It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell, or exchange the following species:
Nassau Grouper, Goliath Grouper (Jewfish), Sawfish, Basking Shark, Whale Shark, Spotted Eagle Ray, Sturgeon, White Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Manta Ray, Spiny Dogfish, Longspine Urchin, Stony, Hard and Fire Corals, SeaFans, Florida Queen Conch and Bahama Starfish. Harvest of live rock in state waters is prohibited.

ORNAMENTAL TROPICAL FISH AND PLANTS
MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT (Total length) Spanish Hogfish 2” Spotfin Hogfish 3” Porkfish 11/2”
MAXIMUM SIZE LIMIT (Total length) Angelfish (except Rock Beauty) 8” Butterflyfish, Jawfish 4” Rock Beauty 5” Gobies 2” Spanish Hogfish 8” Spotfin Hogfish 8”
BAG LIMIT Fishes / Invertebrates: 20 per person per day. No more than 5 Angelfish and no more than 6 Octocoral colonies PLANTS: 1 gallon per person per day
Live landing and live well requirements. Harvest in Biscayne National Park & John Pennekamp State Park prohibited.

  • Within 100 yards of a public swimming beach, any commercial or public fishing pier, or any part of a bridge from which public fishing is allowed.

  • Within 100 feet of any part of a jetty that is above the surface of the sea - except for the last 500 yards of a jetty that extends more than 1,500 yards from the shoreline.

  • In Collier County and in Monroe County from Long Key north to the Dade County line.

  • For any fish for which spearing is expressly prohibited by law.

  • In any body of water under the jurisdiction of the DEP's Division of Recreation and Parks.
    (Possession of spearfishing equipment is prohibited in these areas, unless it is unloaded and properly stored.)

  • For more information, updates, or general questions contact:


Florida Marine Patrol
Division of Law Enforcement
Tallahassee Headquarters
(850) 488-5600, ext. 41

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32399 - 3000
(904) 488-7326

Pavan @ Copenhagen Wreck

if you find any errors on this page or have new information regarding these regulations, please email me.

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