Gulf State Waters
Minimum Size Limit: 14" fork length
Daily Bag Limit: 5 per harvester
Season: Open year-round
Atlantic State Waters
(includes all state and federal waters south of Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys)
Minimum Size Limit: 16" fork length
Daily Bag Limit: 1 per harvester
Season: Open May 1-Oct. 31
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.
- Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net
Gulf federal waters north of Cape Sable: Open year-round, 14-inch minimum size limit, 5-fish/person recreational bag limit.
Atlantic federal waters: Open May 1-Oct. 31 annually. 16-inch minimum size limit, 1-fish/person recreational bag limit.
Image Credit:Diane Rome Peebles