Sand Perch, Diplectrum Formosum, family Serranidae, Sea Bass and Groupers. Gene told me that these were not legal to use for bait, but I have never failed to catch big Grouper using them for bait. I haven't been able to get an answer from FWC one way or the other about that. I also read in one of the fish ID books that they were pretty tasty pan fried. Haven't tried one yet but with the way regulations are going , you never know.
The red snapperI posted the other day ate a 13" one of those! I was told they are good to eat soI ate some. Dang good stuff, delicate meat...just be sure to take the pin bones out of the lateral line! I just may be keeping the bigger ones.
Keep those babies in good shape in case you don't use them for bait. They are good eating when you need extra fish or you're empty handed. Too bad they don't get bigger. Everybody calls them squirrelfish. Headboat charters have called them tiger grouper in other areas.
I understand that DeSantis has been under a lot of pressure to do this, and as irritated as I am about it, my purpose is not to discuss the reasons behind the executive order. It's in place, it's not going to change in the immediate future, so I just want to see if anyone has heard anything...