Red snapper law clarification
But anyways in trying to ensure my accuracy of interpretation of the laws regarding red snapper. It seems to me that it's illegal to keep any in federal waters but if caught within 3nautical mile line it's legal. I ask n I actually caught a 21" red snapper about two miles off the other day and first off I freaked out I caught one there (by fluke I'm sure) but then it dawned on me that I heard there legal state but not federal. I off course released it unharmed but now I'm curious. Can someone assist me in the true legality of this? Or point me where I can be 100% positive of the law? I'd love to have just one on my plate that I caught.
This question also applies to Black Sea bass as I caught a 15" one the same day. I'm not great at reading laws but I darn sure don't want to break any and play it safe and release alot more than I probably would have to. Thank you to all in advance.