Greater amberjack fishing

Season

  • Atlantic federal waters: open all year.
  • Atlantic state waters: open all year.
  • Gulf federal waters: May 1-31 and August 1- October 31.
  • Gulf state waters: May 1-31 and August 1- October 31.

 

Minimum Size

  • Atlantic federal waters: 28 inches fork length.
  • Atlantic state waters: 28 inches fork length.
  • Gulf federal waters: 34 inches fork length.
  • Gulf state waters: 34 inches fork length.

 

Bag Limit

  • Atlantic federal waters: 1 per person per day; In April, for hire/charter boats are limited to 1 per person per day or 1 per person per trip, whichever is more restrictive.
  • Atlantic state waters: 1 per person per day.
  • Gulf federal waters: 1 per person per day; Captain and crew of for hired vessels may not retain a bag limit.
  • Gulf state waters: 1 per person per day.

 

Landing

  • Greater Amberjack must be landed in a whole condition.
  • Greater Amberjack, while in the water, cannot be sliced, deheaded, scaled, deboned, divided, ground, filleted, or skinned.
  • Removal of guts and gills is permitted.

 

Gear

  • Hook and line gear is permitted in all federal and state waters.
  • Atlantic federal waters: non stainless steel circle hooks are required when using hook and line gear with natural baits. These hooks are required north of 28 degrees latitude. The use of a dehooking device is also required.
  • Atlantic state waters: Requires the use of a dehooking device. Legal gear includes gigs, seine, cast net, hook and line, and spears.
  • Gulf federal waters: non stainless steel circle hooks are required when using natural bait. A minimum of one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.
  • Gulf state waters: non stainless steel circle hooks are required when using hook and line gear with natural baits. Minimum of one dehooking device is required to remove hooks. Legal gear includes gigs, seine, cast net, spears, and hook and line.
  • No bang stick, powerhead, or a handheld device using an explosive charge is permitted to harvest snapper.

 

State rules governing Greater Amberjack can be found at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=68B-14

Federal rules governing Greater Amberjack in the Atlantic can be found at: https://safmc.net/regulations/regulations-by-species/greater-amberjack/

Federal rules governing Greater Amberjack in the Gulf can be found at: https://gulfcouncil.org/fishing-regulations/greater-amberjack-seriola-dumerili/


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