Pocket Guide to Bag and Size Limits of Saltwater Fishes

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Pocket Guide to Bag and Size Limits of Saltwater Fishes

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Pocket Guide to Bag and Size Limits of Saltwater Fishes
and Crabs
Effective September 1, 2021 Expires August 31, 2022
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Possession limit is twice the daily bag EXCEPT as listed below. There are no bag, possession or size limits on fish or crabs EXCEPT as listed below. Limits may change due to Legislative or Commission action. All sizes except as noted are total length. Total Length—Perpendicular distance from tip of snout (mouth closed) to extreme tip of tail. The tail should be squeezed together or rotated to produce the maximum overall length.

Amberjack, greater Bass, striped Catfish, gafftopsail Cobia Drum, black a Drum, red b Flounder c Gar, alligator d Grouper, black Grouper, gag Grouper, goliath Grouper, Nassau Mackerel, king Mackerel, Spanish

Daily Bag
1 5 No Limit 2 5 3 5c 1 4 2 0 0 3 15

Min. Size (Inches)
38 18 14 40 14 20 15 No Limit 24 24 Catch & Release Only Catch & Release Only 27 14

Max. Size (Inches)
No Limit No Limit No Limit No Limit
30 a 28 b No Limit No Limit No Limit No Limit
No Limit No Limit

Marlin, blue

No Limit

Marlin, white

No Limit

Mullet e

No Limit


No Limit

Seatrout, spotted f


Shark: Atlantic sharpnose,

blacktip, bonnethead


Shark: Hammerhead (smooth, great, scalloped) 1

Shark: allowable species g


Shark: prohibited species h




Snapper, lane

No Limit

Snapper, red i


Snapper, vermilion

No Limit





Triggerfish, gray




Blue Crab j Stone Crab k
Ghost Shrimp

No Limit
No Limit 20 m

131 86 No Limit 84 15
24 99 64 Catch & Release Only 15 8 15 10 24 85 16 17
5 j 21/2 k No Limit

No Limit No Limit
12 e No Limit
25 f
No Limit No Limit No Limit
No Limit No Limit No Limit No Limit
28 No Limit No Limit No Limit
No Limit No Limit No Limit

a One black drum over 52" allowed as part of the daily bag.
b One red drum over 28" allowed per license year with a properly filled out red drum tag or bonus red drum tag. This may be taken in addition to the daily bag limit.
c Flounder daily bag limit is 5 fish EXCEPT Nov. 1–Dec. 14 when the fishery is closed (bag limit 0). Possession limit is equal to the daily bag limit.
d See OutdoorAnnual.com for reporting requirement.
e May not take from public waters or possess on board a boat mullet over 12" during Oct., Nov., Dec., and Jan. No limits apply during other months.
f One spotted seatrout over 25" is allowed per person per day; and counts as part of the daily bag limit.
g See OutdoorAnnual.com for special hook requirements when fishing for shark.
h Prohibited shark species are as follows: Atlantic angel, Basking, Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye sixgill, Bigeye thresher, Bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, Dusky, Galapagos, Longfin mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Oceanic Whitetip, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Sevengill, Silky, Sixgill, Smalltail, Whale, White.
i Red snapper may be taken using pole and line, but it is unlawful to use any hook other than a circle hook.
j May not retain or possess egg-bearing (sponge) crabs or female crabs that have had the apron removed. Blue crabs are measured across the widest point of the body from tip of spine to tip of spine.
k Only the right claw may be retained. The body must be returned immediately to the water from which it was taken. Claws are measured from the tip of the immovable claw to the first joint behind the claw.
m May not possess more than 20 ghost shrimp per person at any time.
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