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Salwater cast net max length?

demersalangelerdemersalangeler SE FLORIDA Posts: 500 Deckhand
 What is the max legal saltwater cast net length in Florida? While were at it might as well find out minimum & maximum legal mesh size. How is legal length & mesh size defined/determined? 


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,554 Moderator


    The following types of nets may be used for recreational purposes in Florida waters:

    • Bully nets (for lobster only) no greater than 3 feet in diameter and not made of monofilament.
    • Frame nets and push nets (for shrimp only) no greater than 16 feet in perimeter and not made of monofilament. Frame nets cannot be used in state waters off Dade County.
    • Hand-held landing or dip nets no greater than 96 inches in perimeter.
    • Cast nets measuring 14 feet or less stretched length (stretched length is defined as the distance from the horn at the center of the net with the net gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line).
    • Beach or haul seines measuring no larger than 500 square feet of mesh area, no larger than 2 inches stretched mesh size, not constructed of monofilament, and legibly marked at both ends with the harvester’s name and address if a Florida resident. Non-residents using beach or haul seines for recreational purposes are required to have a commercial saltwater products license and legibly mark the seine at both ends with the harvester’s saltwater products license number.
    • Cast nets and seines may be used as harvesting gear for the following species only: black drum, bluefish, cobia, flounder, mullet, Florida pompano, red drum, sheepshead, shrimp, Spanish mackerel, weakfish and unregulated species (see p. 12).
    • No more than two nets can be fished from any vessel and no more than one net can be fished by any person not on a vessel.
    No mention of Mesh size for cast nets.

    Also, certain areas have a more restrictive size on Cast Nets.  I know Broward has a max size limit of 7' and ENP has a size limit.  Not sure what it is, but when I fished the park,  carried an 8' net and never had a problem.
  • demersalangelerdemersalangeler SE FLORIDA Posts: 500 Deckhand
     Thanks for the response. 
    It seems sometimes you have to have a lawyer in your pocket to keep track of all the local regs. especially when in new area's. 
  • dragon baitdragon bait Posts: 11,052 AG
    edited May 2020 #4
    Broward county has a 7 ft max
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