Grouper 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.


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Updates

State and Federal Regulations

Gag: Recreational season will start June 1 and remain open through Dec. 31 (excluding state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties)

Gag and black grouper: Size limit changing from 22" TL to 24" TL June 1 in Gulf state waters to match a similar recent change in Gulf federal waters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


South Florida Grouper Atlantic/Gulf Boundary Map Adobe PDF

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Gulf Regulations (Monroe County managed under Atlantic regulations)

(both state and federal waters unless specified)

Groupers Min. Size Limit Daily Bag Limit Open Season
Aggregate bag limit   4 per person  
Goliath/Nassau Harvest Prohibited  

Gag

Map

22” TL; changing to 24” TL June 1 

2 per person with aggregate

State only: 0 fish bag limit for Charter Captain and Crew

State: June 1-Dec. 31 (excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Jefferson counties)

April 1-June 30 in state waters off of Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties

Federal: June 1 – Dec. 31

Black 22” TL;changing to 24” TL June 1 in state waters and May 25 in federal waters

4 per person within aggregate

State only: 0 fish bag limit for Charter Captain and Crew

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms (map)

"The Edges" closed Jan 1 - Apr 30

 

 

 

Red

20" TL       

2 per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

State only: 0 fish bag limit for Charter Captain and Crew

 

Scamp 16" TL Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

 

Yellowfin

20" TL

Yellowmouth State: 20" TL

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms (map)

Rock Hind/Red Hind None  

State: Up to 4 per person within the 4 grouper aggregate 

 Open year-round 
Coney/Graysby/Tiger
Yellowedge/Misty

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

 None  
Warsaw/Speckled Hind

1 of each per vessel within 4 grouper aggregate

Snowy

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

Reef fish as Bait Use prohibited 

*Note: Gear rules require circle hooks and dehooking tools in Gulf waters reef fish fisheries. 


Atlantic Regulations (Including all state waters of Monroe County)

(both state and federal waters unless specified)

Groupers Min. Size Limit Daily Bag Limit Open Season
Aggregate bag limit   3 per person  
Goliath/Nassau Harvest prohibited

Gag

Map

24” TL  1 Gag or Black within the 3 grouper aggregate   Open May 1-Dec. 31       
Black
Red 20" TL   

Up to 3 per personwithin 3 grouper aggregate

Scamp
Yellowfin
Yellowmouth
Rock Hind/Red Hind None   
Coney/Graysby
Tiger

State: Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Federal: None

State: Open May 1 – Dec.   31
Federal: Open year-round
Yellowedge/Misty Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate  
Warsaw/Speckled Hind Harvest prohibited   
Snowy  None State: 1 per person within the 3 grouper aggregate;
Federal: 1 per vessel per day within the 3 grouper aggregate

State: Open year-round

Federal: Open May 1 – Aug. 31 

Reef fish as bait   must have heads and fins intact through landing  

 


20-Fathom Map Adobe PDF

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Several species of Gulf grouper (red, black, scamp, yellowfin and yellowmouth) are closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of the 20-fathom break. Recreational anglers are encouraged to use electronic charting equipment to plot the 20-fathom break by entering the established coordinates listed on the map below into a route. 

Monroe County: Several species of Atlantic grouper (red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby and tiger) are closed Jan. 1 - April 30 in all state and federal waters (tiger are not included in the federal closure) of the Atlantic including all state waters off Monroe County (Atlantic and Gulf sides). During this closure, anglers can harvest grouper in open federal waters of the Gulf  and return to port in Monroe County by traveling through closed state waters of the Atlantic as long as the vessel proceeds directly to port without stopping to fish.

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Gag Grouper Management Zones Adobe PDF

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GPS Boundaries: Franklin-Taylor Regional Gag Season

Location

Longitude

Latitude

Indian Pass

85 degrees 13.76 minutes west

29 degrees 40.71 minutes north

Offshore Indian Pass

85 degrees 13.71 minutes west

29 degrees 30.32 minutes north

Offshore Steinhatchee

83 degrees 34.52 minutes west

29 degrees 31.62 minutes north

Steinhatchee River

83 degrees 24.53 minutes west

29 degrees 40.03 minutes north

 

Gulf Gag Management Zone Details

 Gag Big Map Lat Long.

Anglers targeting gag grouper in state waters in Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties can keep their bag limit from April 1 through June 30. This opening also includes all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County, and all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County. The shaded areas represent what will be open to recreational gag grouper harvest between April 1 and June 30.

Gag two mile Western Boundary

Pictured above is the western boundary of the April 1-June 30 gag grouper recreational harvest.

gag two mile Eastern Boundary

Pictured above is the eastern boundary of the April 1-June 30 gag grouper recreational harvest season.


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