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The recreational greater amberjack season for Gulf state waters will be now open Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2022. FWC has issued an executive order to modify the 2022-23 greater amberjack recreational season to be consistent with an emergency rule for Gulf federal waters intended to prevent overfishing. The season will remain closed for August 2022, and open for recreational harvest Sept. 1.

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Greater Amberjack

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 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.

In the Atlantic reef fish fishery, gear rules require dehooking tools, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, non-stainless steel hooks in all state waters, and non-offset circle hooks N. of 28 ° N. latitude.

Federal waters:

  • Minimum size limit: 28” FL
  • Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person 

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

Atlantic federal waters closure: Almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack are closed to harvest in Atlantic federal waters from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31, 2021. Learn more.

Lesser Amberjack

lesser amberjack

Banded Rudderfish

banded rudderfish

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

Participation mandatory.

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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.