Lesser Amberjack Fishing

Season

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

 

Minimum Size

  • Atlantic federal waters: no minimum size.
  • Atlantic state waters: 28 inch fork length.
  • Gulf federal waters: 14-22 inches fork length slot limit.
  • Gulf state waters: 34 inch fork length.

 

Bag Limit

  • Atlantic federal waters: 10 fish of any one species in a 20 fish aggregate bag limit. The aggregate bag limit includes whitebone porgy, margate, knobbed porgy, jolthead porgy, gray triggerfish, scup, sauceeye porgy, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, bar jack, white grunt, sailor’s choice, lesser amberjack, and Atlantic spadefish.
  • Atlantic state waters: Aggregate bag limit of 5 lesser amberjack or rudderfish per day either in combination or individually.
  • Gulf federal waters: 5 within 5 fish combined bag limit of lesser amberjack and banded rudderfish. Zero bag limit for a captain and crew on a hired vessel.
  • Gulf state waters: Aggregate bag limit of 5 lesser amberjack or rudderfish per day either in combination or individually.

 

Landing

  • Fish must be landed in a whole condition.
  • Lesser Amberjack cannot be deboned, filleted, skinned, ground, scaled, sliced, divided, or deheaded.
  • Removal of guts and gills 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 Lesser Amberjack can be found at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=68B-14

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

Federal rules governing Lesser Amberjack in the Gulf can be found at: https://gulfcouncil.org/fishing-regulations/lesser-amberjack-seriola-fasciata/


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