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  • Gag grouper: At the July meeting, FWC approved extending the recreational gag grouper season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties, by opening the season Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Learn more. 
  • Red snapper: The recreational season in Gulf state and federal waters for private recreational anglers will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 16 through Sept. 4, including Monday, July 3, Tuesday, July 4, and Monday, Sept. 4. Learn more about these season changes.
  • Black sea bass: The recreational black sea bass bag limit has increased to 7 per person, per day in Atlantic state waters.  
  • Cobia: Staff have heard concerns about cobia in recent years and is collecting public input on this fishery. Comment online.
  • Greater amberjackThe recreational season for greater amberjack is closed in Gulf state and federal waters through Dec. 31, 2017. 
  • Flounder, Sheepshead, Tripletail: FWC staff gathering public input. Submit your feedback online today at

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FWC Facts:
The Florida largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus) is the official freshwater fish of Florida.

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