Anglers grouper fishing in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic, including state waters off Monroe County – Florida Keys, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens to recreational and commercial harvest. The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, yellowmouth and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.Grouper Fishing Species

The harvest of these species of grouper will remain open until December 31. These species are closed annually during their spawning season from Jan. 1 through April 30 each year as a measure to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore to 3 nautical miles out.

Recreational anglers targeting these species may not take more than three groupers per person, per day. Within this three-fish limit, anglers may possess only one gag or black grouper (not both).

Dehooking tools must be aboard commercial and recreational vessels for use as needed to remove hooks from reef fish, including Atlantic grouper.

More information about grouper bag and size limits, gear restrictions and fishing seasons, including a map of the Atlantic and Gulf grouper fishing boundaries, is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing; select “Saltwater Fishing” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”

Source: Grouper FWC Florida Keys

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Atlantic Regulations (Including all state waters of Monroe County)

(both state and federal waters unless specified)

Groupers Min. Size Limit Daily Bag Limit Open Season
Aggregate bag limit 3 per person
Goliath/Nassau Harvest prohibited
Gag 24” TL 1 Gag or Black within the 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Black 24” TL 1 Gag or Black within the 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Red 20″ TL Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Scamp 20″ TL Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Yellowfin 20″ TL Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Yellowmouth 20″ TL Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Rock Hind/Red Hind None Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Coney/Graysby None Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate Open May 1-Dec. 31
Yellowedge/Misty None Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate
Warsaw/Speckled Hind State: None

Federal: Harvest prohibited

State: 1 per vessel per day of each species

Federal: Harvest prohibited

State: Open year-round

Federal: Harvest prohibited

Snowy None State: 1 per person within the 3 grouper aggregate;
Federal: 1 per vessel per day within the 3 grouper aggregate
State: Open year-round

Federal: Open May 1 – Aug. 31

Reef fish as bait must have heads and fins intact through landing

 

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