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Permit, Florida pompano and African pompano

Permit Pompano Collage

Florida Pompano: Trachinotus carolinus

African Pompano: Alectis ciliaris

Permit: Trachinotus falcatus

Regulations (state and federal waters unless noted)

Minimum Size Limit: 11" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 6 per harvester

Season: Open year-round

Gear: Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine

Minimum Size Limit: 24" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 2 per harvester

Vessel Limit: No more than 2 per vessel

Season: Open year-round

Gear: 

  • State waters: Hook and line only.
  • Federal waters: Hook and line and spearing.

See map below

Minimum Size Limit: 22" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per harvester

Vessel Limit: No more than 2 per vessel

Season: Closed April 1-July 31

Gear: 

  • State waters: Hook and line only.
  • Federal waters: Hook and line and spearing.

Slot Limit: Not less than 11" or more than 22" fork length; may possess 1 over 22" included in the per person bag limit

Daily Bag Limit: 2 per harvester

Vessel Limit: No more than 2 over 22" per vessel

Season: Open year-round

Gear: 

  • State waters: Hook and line only.
  • Federal waters: Hook and line and spearing.
Pompano spz

Special Permit Zone (SPZ)

(South of Cape Florida and Cape Sable)

The Special Permit Zone includes state and federal waters south of Cape Florida in the Atlantic and south of Cape Sable in the Gulf.

The Pompano Endorsement Zone (PEZ) pictured on the map above is a zone created that allows commercial fishermen who hold a pompano endorsement (PE) to use gill nets legally for pompano in federal waters off Florida.