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    Recreational Fish Regulation By Offshore/Inshore Species - use at your own risk

    This list is by no means all-inclusive, and should not be the only place you check for state and federal regulations. I do not work for the FWC, or any other entity which monitors or regulates our fisheries and do not claim that this list provides the most up to date information. It is the responsibility of the viewers (members and guests of Florida Sportsman) to research and understand state and federal regulations for all marine species. This summary is for informational purpose only and has no legal force or effect. Regulations below are subject to change.

    With that said, this list includes common species that I've seen caught in our waters, and only serves as a quick reference to get a general idea of state and federal regulations.

    Offshore:

    Amberjack - Greater: AJ Greater.jpg
    State: 28" fork min 1/person/day
    Federal: 28" fork min, 1/person/day

    Amberjack - Lesser: AJ Lesser.jpg
    State: 14"-22" fork, 5 agg
    Federal: n/a

    Cobia: Cobia.jpg
    State: 33" fork min, 1/person/day or 6/vessel/day, whichever is less
    Federal: 33" fork min, 2/person/day

    Dolphin: Dolphin.jpg
    State: 20" fork min, 10/person/day, not to exceed 60/vessel/day
    Federal: n/a

    Golden Tilefish: Golden Tilefish.jpg
    State: no size limit, 1/person/day. Included w/i 3/person/day Grouper agg limit
    Federal: fishery closed eff 6/8/12 until 1/1/13

    Grouper:
    State: Gag & Black (24" TL min), closed 1/1 - 4/30, 1/person/day Grouper Gag.jpg (Gag) Grouper Black.jpg (Black)
    Red (20" TL min), closed 1/1 - 4/30, 3/person/day, included w/i 3/person/day agg Grouper Red.jpg
    Scamp, (20" TL min), closed 1/1 - 4/30, included w/i 3/person/day agg Grouper Scamp.jpg
    Snowy, no size limit, 1/vessel/day Snowy Grouper.jpg
    Yellowfin, (20" TL min), closed 1/1 - 4/30, included w/i 3/person/day agg Grouper Yellowfin.jpg
    Yellowmouth,(20" TL min), closed 1/1 - 4/30, included w/i 3/person/day agg Grouper Yellowmouth.jpg
    Warsaw & Speckled (Strawberry) Hind, no size limit, 1/vessel/day of each species Grouper Warsaw.jpg (Warsaw)
    Goliath, closed to harvest Grouper Goliath.jpg
    All Other Groupers, closed 1/1 - 4/30 for
    Tiger Tiger Grouper.jpg
    Rock Hind Rockhind Grouper.jpg
    Coney Coney Grouper.jpg
    Graysby Graysby Grouper.jpg
    Federal: Goliath, closed to harvest
    Nassau: closed to harvest Grouper Nassau.jpg
    Speckled Hind, closed to harvest Strawberry Grouper.jpg
    Yellowedge, included in 3/person/day
    Warsaw, closed to harvest
    All Else same as State Waters

    Kingfish: Kingfish.jpg
    State: 24" fork min, 2/person/day
    Federal: n/a

    Permit: Permit.jpg
    State: 11"-22" fork, 2/person/day, may possess 1 over 22" fork, not to exceed 2 over 22"/vessel
    Federal: n/a

    Pompano (African): African Pompano.jpg
    State: 24" fork min, 2/person/day not to exceed 2/vessel/day
    Federal: n/a

    Porgy (Red): Porgy Red.jpg
    State: 14" TL min, 3/person/day
    Federal: 14" TL min, 3/person/day or 3/person/trip, whichever is more restrictive
    Knobbed, not regulated Porgy Knobbed.jpg
    Jolthead, not regulated Porgy Jolt.jpg

    Sailfish: Sailfish.jpg
    State: 63" tip of lower jaw to fork, 1/person/day agg
    Federal: same as state, report to NOAA w/i 24hrs: 800-894-5528, HMS permit required

    Seabass (black): Seabass Black.jpg
    State: 13" TL min, 5/person/day
    Federal: 13" TL min, 5/person/day, closed 9/4/12 until 6/1/13

    Snappers:
    State:
    Cubera, 12" TL min, 10/person/day agg if <30", no more than 2 Cubera over 30"/person or vessel Snapper Cubera.jpg
    Gray (Mangrove), 10" TL min, 5/person/day, included w/i 10/person/day agg Snapper Gray.jpg
    Hogfish, 12" fork, 5/person/day Hogfish.jpg
    Lane, 8" TL min, included w/i 10/person/day agg Snapper Lane.jpg
    Mutton, 16" TL min, included w/i 10/person/day agg Snapper Mutton.jpg
    Red, closed season until further notice Snapper Red.jpg
    Schoolmaster, 10" TL min, included w/i 10/person/day agg Snapper Schoolmaster.jpg
    Vermillion, 12" TL min, closed 11/1 - 3/31, 5/person/day, not included w/i snapper agg bag limit Snapper Vermillion.jpg
    All Other Snapper, 12" TL min, included w/i 10/person/day agg (BF, Dog, Queen, Silk, Yellowtail)
    Blackfin: Snapper Blackfin.jpg
    Dog: Snapper Dog.jpg
    Queen: Snapper Queen.jpg
    Silk: Snapper Silk.jpg
    Yellowtail: Snapper YT.jpg
    Federal:
    All of State rules apply

    Spanish Mackeral: Spanish Mak.jpg
    State: 12" fork min, 15/person/day
    Federal: n/a

    Swordfish: Swordfish.jpg
    State: 47" lower jaw fork min (w/head attached) or 29" cleithrum to keel length (w/o head), 1/person/day not to exceed max of 4/vessel.
    Federal: same as state, report to NOAA w/i 24hrs: 800-894-5528. HMS permit required

    Triggerfish (gray): Trigger Gray.jpg
    State: 12" TL min
    Federal: n/a

    Tripletail: Tripletail.jpg
    State: 15" TL min, 2/person/day
    Federal: n/a

    Tuna:
    State: n/a
    Federal: Blackfin Tuna: no size or bag limit BFT.jpg
    Skipjack Tuna: no size or bag limit. HMS permit required Skipjack Tuna.jpg

    Wahoo:Wahoo.jpg
    State: no size limit, 2/person/day
    Federal: n/a



    Inshore:

    Bluefish: Bluefish.jpg
    12" fork min, 10/person/day

    Drum:
    Black, 14"-24" TL, 5/person/day, may possess 1 over 24" Blackdrum.jpg
    Red/Redfish, 18"-27" TL, 1/person/day Reddrum.jpg

    Flounder: Flounder.jpg
    12" TL min, 10/person/day

    Pompano (Florida): Pompano Fl.jpg
    11" fork min, 6/person/day

    Seatrout (spotted): Seatrout.jpg
    15"-20" TL except 1 over 20"/person, 4/person/day, may posses no more than 1 >20", included in bag limit

    Snook (all species):
    28"-32" TL, closed 12/15-1/31 & 6/1-8/31, 1/person/day, permit required
    Common: Snook Common.jpg
    Swordspine: Snook Swordspine.jpg
    Tarpon: Snook Tarpon.jpg
    Fat: Snook Fat.jpg

    Tarpon: Tarpon.jpg
    no size limit, 2 fish possession limit, tag required

    If there are corrections needed, or species you would like to see added, let me know and I will update. Also, as you see updates being needed at a future date, let me know and I will update. The intent of this is to have everything on one page and with your feedback, it can only get better.

    Here are a few sources I pulled info from:

    FWC: http://myfwc.com/media/2075522/saltw...ions_chart.pdf
    SAFMC: http://www.safmc.net/LinkClick.aspx?...4%3d&tabid=248
    NMFS (HMS permit): http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/operations...pps/index.html

    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/Baglimit2001.htm

    https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/initialapp.asp

    It is the responsibility of the viewers (members and guests of Florida Sportsman) to research and understand state and federal regulations for all marine species. This summary is for informational purpose only and has no legal force or effect. Regulations below are subject to change.
    Last edited by Fi$h2nguyen; 06-05-2013 at 08:04 AM. Reason: Added HMS link


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    this is nice, thanks for posting it! will be helpful to many

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    I called FWC about the Cobia. They said you can keep two per person in Federal waters as long as your gear is stored on your way in and you don't stop to fish in State waters. Anglers beware the sand pile is in state waters and I have been told FWC has in the past had unmarked officers watching how many cobes you catch during the cobia run.

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    Great thread. Real helpful. Thank u
    Good job so far se moderator

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    HMS required for Skipjack Tuna also

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    New Swordfish rules allow you to keep a sword with a Cleithrum to Keel measurement of 25". Sad but true, meaning if you catch a sword slightly under the 47" LJFL, you can keep it if the CK measurement is more than 25", but you have to cut the head off to be legal with this measurement.

    Isn't that a ridiculous rule?

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    Just download the fish rules app and it updates all the time and tell you,by your current location, the limits and season.

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    Thanks guys. Please post links to where we can trace the info.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WIX View Post
    I called FWC about the Cobia. They said you can keep two per person in Federal waters as long as your gear is stored on your way in and you don't stop to fish in State waters. Anglers beware the sand pile is in state waters and I have been told FWC has in the past had unmarked officers watching how many cobes you catch during the cobia run.
    I don't mean to argue you but if my chartplotter says I'm around 3nm and a officer says otherwise then ill fight it in court. I believe the law states that state waters are a straight line measured from the furthest most point of hard land out to 3nm(not regular miles). The Keys is a great example of how sketchy the boundaries can be.

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    https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/other/20...20brochure.pdf
    Here is the link that states Skipjacks require HMS

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