Red Grouper Fishing

Season

  • Atlantic federal waters: open May 1-December 31.
  • Atlantic state waters: open May 1-December 31.
  • Gulf federal waters: open January 1-January 31 and April 1-December 31.
  • Gulf state waters: open all year.

 

Minimum Size

  • Atlantic federal waters: 20 inches total length.
  • Atlantic state waters: 20 inches total length.
  • Gulf federal waters: 20 inches total length.
  • Gulf state waters: 20 inches total length.

 

Bag Limits

  • Atlantic federal waters: aggregate grouper bag limit of 3 per day.
  • Atlantic state waters: No more than 3 grouper per day in the Atlantic Ocean and all waters of Monroe County in any combination of grouper species including golden tilefish.
  • Gulf federal waters: 2 per person within 4 grouper aggregate bag limit including black grouper, scamp, gag, red grouper, yellowmouth grouper, snowy grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowedge grouper, warsaw grouper, and speckled hind.
  • Gulf state waters: 2 per person in a 4 grouper aggregate. Zero bag limit for charter captain and crew.

 

Landing

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

 

Gear

  • Hook and line gear is permitted in all federal and state waters
  • For all Gulf state and federal waters plus Atlantic federal waters north of 28 degrees latitude: non stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with hook and line using natural bait.
  • Only a dehooking device is required for all Atlantic state waters and Atlantic federal waters south of 28 degrees latitude.
  • At least one dehooking device is required to remove hooks in all federal and state waters.
  • No bang stick, powerhead, or a handheld device using an explosive charge is permitted to harvest snapper.

 

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

Federal rules governing Red Grouper in the Atlantic can be found at: https://safmc.net/regulations/regulations-by-species/red-grouper/

Federal rules governing Red Grouper in the Gulf of Mexico can be found at: https://gulfcouncil.org/fishing-regulations/red-grouper-epinephelus-morio/


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