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At their May 2022 meeting, FWC approved regulation changes for the cobia fishery in Florida state waters. Changes include: Increasing the minimum size limit from 33 inches to 36 inches fork length for all harvesters in Gulf and Atlantic state waters, and reducing the recreational vessel limit from 6 to 2 fish per vessel per day for Atlantic state waters. Changes will go into effect July 1, 2022.

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Cobia

Gulf State Waters (north of Monroe/Collier county line)

Minimum Size Limit: 33" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per day or 2 per vessel, whichever is less

Atlantic State Waters

Minimum Size Limit: 33" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per day or 6 per vessel, whichever is less

Federal Waters Regulations

Gulf: Minimum Size Limit: 36 inches fork length, Daily Bag Limit: 2 per person

Atlantic (including Atlantic waters off Monroe County): Minimum Size Limit: 33 inches fork length, Daily Bag Limit: 2 per person

Other Regulations

Gear Requirements:

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

 


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