Florida Saltwater Fishing Limits

Recreational Size and Creel Limits for Florida State Waters
 

Florida's coastal waters are home to thousands of marine species with the majority of these species having no specific regulations regarding bag limits, size limits, gear restriction or closed seasons. These species are often referred to as "unregulated species," although the name can be a bit misleading. Florida state law provides that for any marine species not having specific regulations, harvesting more than 100 pounds or two fish (whichever is the greater amount) constitutes a commercial quantity and requires a commercial license. This means the recreational harvest limit for any unregulated species is 100 pounds or two organisms if the combined weight of the two organisms exceeds 100 pounds. 

PROHIBITED SPECIES

It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell or exchange the following species:

Goliath Grouper (Jewfish), Nassau Grouper, Sawfish, Atlantic Angel Shark, Basking Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Thrasher Shark, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Dusky Shark, Galapagos Shark, Lemon Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Silky Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Sandbar Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Smalltail Shark, Spiny Dogfish Shark, Whale Shark, White Shark, Tiger Shark, Scalloped, Smoth, and Great hammerhead Shark., Manta Ray, Devil Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray, Longbill Spearfish, Mediterranean Spearfish, Sturgeon, Queen Conch, Calico Scallop, Black Coral, Stony, Hard and Fire Corals, Sea Fans, Bahama Starfish, and Longspine Urchin. Harvest live rock in state waters is prohibited. Puffer fish harvest is prohibited Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. 

For more information and to see if there are any changes, please visit www.myfwc.com or call 850-487-0554

Source: www.myfwc.com

To see an image of the fish, all you have to do is hover on the area or click on the section. 

Sheepshead
Sheepshead

Size Limit: 12" Min TL Daily Creel Limit: 8 per person No more than 50 on the vessel during March & April

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Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)
Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

Size Limit: 15" Min. with 20" max (1 may kept over 20") TL Daily Creel Limit: NW Zone - 5 per harvester SW Zone - 4 per harvester SE Zone - 4 per harvester NE Zone - 4 per harvester

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Red Drum (Bull Red)
Red Drum (Bull Red)

Size Limit: 18" Min. - 27" Max. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per harvester per day in the NE Zone and 1 per harvester in the NW and S Zone. Off the water possession limit of 6 fish. Catch & release only in the SW Region

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Cobia (Ling)
Cobia (Ling)

Size Limit: 33" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per harvester not to exceed 2 per vessel - Gulf 1 per harvester, not to exceed 6 per vessel - Atlantic

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King Mackerel
King Mackerel

Size Limit: 24" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 3 per harvester - Gulf 2 per harvester - Atlantic

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Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel

Size Limit: 12 inch FL Daily Creel Limit: 15 per harvester

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Florida Pompano
Florida Pompano

Size Limit: 11" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 6 per person

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Gag Grouper *** (#)
Gag Grouper *** (#)

Size Limit: 24" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per harvester - Gulf 1 per harvester - Atlantic Atlantic Season - Closed Jan 1 - Apr 30 Gulf - State waters (except Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor Counties) open June 1 - Dec 31

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Red Grouper *** (#)
Red Grouper *** (#)

Size Limit: 20" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per harvester - Gulf 3 per harvester - Atlantic Gulf - year round Atlantic - March 1 - Dec 31

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Yellowfin Grouper ***
Yellowfin Grouper ***

Size Limit: 20" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 4 per harvester - Gulf 3 per harvester - Atlantic Gulf - year round Atlantic - Mar 1 - Dec 31

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Scamp *** (#)
Scamp *** (#)

Size Limit: 16" Min. - Gulf 20" Min - Atlantic TL Daily Creel Limit: 4 per harvester - Gulf 3 per harvester - Atlantic Gulf - year round Atlantic - Mar 1 - Dec 31

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Greater Amberjack (#)
Greater Amberjack (#)

Size Limit: 34" Min. - Gulf 28" Min - Atlantic FL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person Atlantic - year round Gulf - visit myfwc.com for current open season

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Gray Triggerfish ****
Gray Triggerfish ****

Size Limit: 15" Min. - Gulf 12" Min - Atlantic FL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per harvester - Gulf 10 per harvester - Atlantic Gulf - check myfwc.com for current season Atlantic - open year round

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Flounder
Flounder

Size Limit: 12" min Daily Creel Limit: 10 per harvester

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Tripletail (Blackfish)
Tripletail (Blackfish)

Size Limit: 18" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person

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Lesser Amberjack *****
Lesser Amberjack *****

Size Limit: 14"-22" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per day Fish Aggregate

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Banded Rudderfish *****
Banded Rudderfish *****

Size Limit: 14"-22" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per day Fish Aggregate

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Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna

Size Limit: 27" Min. CFL Daily Creel Limit: 3 fish per person daily bag limit and possession limit.

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Bigeye Tuna
Bigeye Tuna

Size Limit: 27" Min. CFL Daily Creel Limit: No Creel Limit

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Red Snapper (#)
Red Snapper (#)

Size Limit: 16" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person State and Federal Waters Recreational state and federal waters (includes for-hire operations without federal reef fish permit but only in state waters): June 11-July 20 For-hire with federal reef fish permit: June 1-July 21 check myfwc.com for current seasons

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Vermillion Snapper (beeliner) (#)
Vermillion Snapper (beeliner) (#)

Size Limit: 10" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 10 per person Open Year Roung

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Lane Snapper ***** (#)
Lane Snapper ***** (#)

Size Limit: 8" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: State: Default bag limit of 100 pounds Federal: 20 under their 20-reef fish aggregate

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Grey Snapper (Mangrove, Black) (#)
Grey Snapper (Mangrove, Black) (#)

Size Limit: 10" Min - State 12" Min - Federal. TL Daily Creel Limit: State: 5 per person within the 10 snapper aggregate bag limit Federal: 10 per person within the 10 snapper aggregate bag limit

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Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

Size Limit: None Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person per day

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Bonnethead Shark
Bonnethead Shark

Size Limit: None Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person per day

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Snapper are managed differently in the Gulf versus the Atlantic and in state versus federal waters.

Gulf state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles.

Atlantic state waters are from shore to 3 nautical miles.