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The recreational greater amberjack season for Gulf state waters will remain closed until Aug. 1, 2023. FWC issued an executive order that modified the 2022-23 greater amberjack recreational season to be consistent with an emergency rule for Gulf federal waters intended to prevent overfishing.

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Florida Regulations

Greater Amberjack


State and Federal waters:

  • Minimum Size Limit: 34” Fork Length
  • Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person
  • 2022-2023 Season: Open from Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2022




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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