Gulf of Mexico Grouper Management

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NEW:The FWC Commission approved changing the Gulf state waters red grouper daily bag limit from 4-fish to 2-fish within the 4-grouper aggregate bag limit at the November 2014 meeting. This change is pending until similar regulations are approved for Gulf federal waters, which is not expected to occur until sometime in spring 2015. The federal bag limit will also remain 4-fish per person per day until the 2-fish bag limit rule becomes effective.

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Current Gulf State Recreational Grouper Regulations




Red, Yellowfin, Yellowmouth

Rock Hind, Red Hind 


Min. Size Limit

22" TL

22" TL

20" TL



Bag Limit

Up to 2 Gag within the 4 grouper aggregate during open season

Up to 4  per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

Up to 4  per person within the 4 grouper aggregate (see note above)*

Up to 4  per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

Up to 4  per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

July 1-Dec. 3 (excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Jefferson and Monroe counties)

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

Monroe County managed under the Atlantic season


Open year-round in state waters of the Gulf.


Charter Captain and Crew: zero bag limit for gag, black and red grouper.

*Note: Gear rules require circle hooks and dehooking to be used in Gulf state waters reef fish fisheries. The requirement to use venting tools in state and federal waters was eliminated earlier this year. 


GPS Boundaries: Franklin-Taylor Regional 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



 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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FWC Facts:
Gulf sturgeon are considered anadromous, from the Greek, meaning fishes that travel back and forth between fresh and salt water.

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