Coastal Species Regulations in Florida State Waters

Symbols Key:

  • «: Spearing Prohibited
  • p: Must Remain in Whole Condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).
  • u: Measured as Total Length.
  • n: State Regulations Apply in Federal Waters.
  • l: Additional Gear Rules Apply.
  • T: Harvest Prohibited with Any Multiple Hook with Natural Bait.
  • X: State Reef Fish Angler Designation Required.

Specific Coastal Species Regulations:

Bluefish – p n

  • Minimum Size Limits: 12" fork length.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 3 per harvester in Atlantic, 10 per harvester in Gulf (including Monroe County).

Flounder – p u T n

  • Minimum Size Limits: 14".
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 5 per harvester.
  • Closed Season: Oct. 15–Nov. 30.

Bonefish – « n

  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: Catch and release only.
  • Remarks: Hook and line only.

Atlantic Croaker and Spot – l « p T n

  • Minimum Size Limits: None.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 50 per harvester per species in Atlantic (excluding Monroe County), 100 lbs. per harvester in Gulf (including Monroe County).

Sheepshead – l p u T n

  • Minimum Size Limits: 12".
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 8 per harvester.
  • Remarks: Vessel limit of 50 fish during March and April.

Permit – l p « T n

  • Size Limits: 22" fork in Special Permit Zone (SPZ); 11" to 22" fork length in other areas.
  • Closed Season: April 1–July 31 in SPZ only.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 1 per harvester in SPZ, not to exceed 2 per vessel; 2 per harvester in other state waters.

Spotted Seatrout – l « p u T n

  • Size Limits: 15" to 19"; may not possess more than 1 over 19" per vessel.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: Varies by management zone.
  • Closed Season: February in Western Panhandle Zone, November to December in Central East Zone.

Weakfish – p « u

  • Minimum Size Limits: 12" in Weakfish Management Area (WMA) in Nassau County; no minimum in other areas.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 1 per harvester in WMA, 100 pounds in other areas.

Snook (All species) – p « u T n

  • Size Limits: Varies by management region.
  • Open Season: Varies by management region.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 1 per harvester in each management region.
  • Remarks: Snook permit required when saltwater license required.

Red Drum (Redfish) – p « u T

  • Size Limits: 18" to 27".
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: Varies by region.
  • Remarks: Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited.

Black Drum – p u T n

  • Size Limits: 14" to 24".
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 5 per harvester.
  • Remarks: May possess one over 24".

Pompano, Florida – p « T n

  • Minimum Size Limits: 11" fork length.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 6 per harvester.

Mullet, Striped (Black) & Silver

  • Minimum Size Limits: No minimum size.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 50 aggregate per harvester; vessel limits vary by time of year.

Blue Runner – n

  • Minimum Size Limits: None.
  • Daily Recreational Bag Limit: 100 fish per harvester.

Tarpon – l « T n

  • Recreational Bag Limit: 1 per harvester per year with $50 harvest tag.
  • Remarks: Over 40 inches must remain in water during release.

Unregulated Species:

For marine species not specifically regulated, the recreational harvest limit is 100 pounds or two organisms if the combined weight exceeds 100 pounds. Harvesting more than this quantity is considered commercial and requires a commercial license.

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