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The 2023 recreational greater amberjack season for Gulf State waters will be open Aug. 1 and closes at 12:01 am on Aug. 25, 2023. FWC has approved this closure of greater amberjack to be consistent with the closure in federal waters recently announced by NOAA Fisheries to prevent overfishing and exceeding the quota.

Florida Regulations

Greater Amberjack


State and Federal waters:

  • Minimum Size Limit: 34” Fork Length
  • Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person
  • 2023 Season: Open August 1 and closed Aug. 25




State and Federal waters:

  • Minimum Size Limit: 28” Fork Length
  • Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person
  • Season: Open year-round

Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.

State waters regulations

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - Cannot be less than
    14" or greater than 22" fork length

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Atlantic and Gulf - 5 per person
    aggregate of the two species

Lesser Amberjack

lesser amberjack

Banded Rudderfish

banded rudderfish

Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net

Reef fish gear requirements apply  

Almaco jack is an "unregulated species" with a default bag limit of two fish or 100 pounds per person, per day - whichever is more.


Have you signed up for the State Reef Fish Survey yet?

Participation mandatory. Annual renewal.

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