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I just got my first boat recently. I've been reading all the fishing regulations and it seems like nothing is legal. It would be simpler if they just told us what we can catch rather than what we cannot.



Are trout now illegal after Nov 1 in the Bay around FWB area?



Can I keep Amber-jack inside 9 miles of the cost or not?



Easy way to know if I got a greater amber or lesser?



Any good trigger fish spots anyone care to share with me? I have a new GPS and fish finder but no spots yet.



Having a great time taking some neighbor boys with me who's father died when they were young. Will be easier to keep em interested if we can catch some.



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you have to call and see on the amberjack but there is alot of fish here to keep a new boater busy for a while.look forward to the report







Amberjack, Greater ?

28" fork Atlantic; 30" fork Gulf

1 per harvester per day

Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Rudderfish ?

Not less than 14" or more than 22" fork

5 aggregate of lesser amberjack

and banded rudderfish

Billfish ?

Sailfish 63"; Blue Marlin 99";White Marlin 66"

1 per harvester per day

aggregate bag limit

Measured tip of lower jaw to fork. All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528.

HMS permit required in federal waters.

Black Drum ? ? T

Not less than 14" or more than 24"

5 per harvester per day

May possess one over 24".

Bluefish ?

12" fork

10 per harvester per day

Bonefish ?

18"

1 per harvester per day

Clams (Hard)

1" thick across hinge

May not harvest half hour after official sunset until half hour before official sunrise

One 5 gal. bucket per harvester

or 2 per vessel, whichever is less

per day (whole in shell)

Illegal to harvest from closed areas.

Go to www.floridaaquaculture.com for allowable harvesting areas.

Cobia (Ling) ?

33" fork

1 per harvester or 6 per vessel

per day, whichever is less

To sell or exceed the daily bag limit follow commercial regulations.

Crab, Blue

Sept. 20?Oct. 4 Gulf state waters beyond 3 miles closed to traps; federal waters closed to traps; Regional closures (see map on page 9)

10 gallons whole

per harvester per day

5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited.

The pulling of traps from one hour after official sunset until one hour before official sunrise is prohibited.

Crab, Blue Land

July 1?Oct 31

20 per harvester per day

Trapping prohibited, harvest of egg-bearing females prohibited, harvest prohibited in state parks and from the right-of-way of federal, state or county maintained roads.

Crab, Stone

2 ¾" claw

May 16?Oct 14

1 gal. Stone Crab claws per harvester or 2 gal. per vessel, whichever is less

5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Illegal to possess whole crab. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited.

Crawfish

(Spiny Lobster) ?

Larger than 3" carapace measured in the water

April 1?Aug. 5

Exception: Sport Season (last consecutive Wed & Thurs of July each year)

Regular season:

6 per harvester per day

Recreational trapping prohibited. Spiny Lobster permit required when license required. Special bag limit for 2-day Sport Season. Contact FWC regional office for current information on Sport Season.

Dolphin ?

20" fork Atlantic

10 per harvester per day, not to exceed 60 per vessel per day

To sell or exceed the daily bag limit follow commercial regulations.

Flounder ? ? T

12"

10 per harvester per day

May be harvested by spearing. Snatching prohibited.

Gag ? ?

24" Atlantic & Monroe County

22" Gulf (excluding Monroe County)

Closed in Gulf

Feb. 1?March 31

2 per harvester per day

Not more than 2 fish may be Gag or Black Grouper, either individually or in combination in Atlantic and Monroe County.

Included within the 5 per harvester per day (Atlantic) and 4 per harvester per day (Gulf) Grouper aggregate bag limit.

Gulf?zero daily bag and possession limit for captain & crew on for-hire vessels.

Grouper, Black ? ?

2 per harvester per day

Atlantic & Monroe County; 4 per harvester per day Gulf (excluding Monroe County)

Grouper, Red ? ?

20"

5 per harvester per day Atlantic; 2 per harvester per day Gulf

Included within the 5 per harvester per day (Atlantic) and 4 per harvester per day (Gulf) Grouper aggregate bag limit.

Gulf?zero daily bag and possession limit for captain & crew on for-hire vessels.

Grouper, Snowy ? ?

1 per harvester per day Atlantic

Included within the 5 per harvester per day (Atlantic) and 4 per harvester per day (Gulf) Grouper aggregate bag limit.

Grouper, Yellowfin

& Yellowmouth ? ?

20"

Closed in Gulf

Feb. 1?March 31

Grouper, Scamp ? ?

20" Atlantic & Monroe County; 16" Gulf (excluding Monroe County)

Grouper, Warsaw & Speckled Hind ?

1 per vessel per day of each species

Grouper, all others ?

Closed in Gulf

Feb. 1?March 31 for Rock Hind and Red Hind

Hogfish ?

12" fork

5 per harvester per day

Mackerel, King ?

24" fork

2 per harvester per day

Bag limit in Gulf?Atlantic fishery reduced to 1 when federal waters are closed to all harvest. Call SW Regional Office for details.

Mackerel, Spanish ?

12" fork

15 per harvester per day

Transfer of Spanish Mackerel to other vessels at sea is prohibited.

Mullet, Striped (Black) & Silver

50 aggregate per harvester per day;

Aggregate vessel limits

Feb. 1?Aug. 31: 100 per vessel;

Sept. 1?Jan. 31: 50 per vessel

Mullet aggregate bag limit includes Striped and Silver. Call DMFM for additional restrictions in Pinellas and Charlotte counties.

Oysters

3"

June, July, Aug. in Dixie, Wakulla, Levy counties.

July, Aug., Sept. in

all other areas.

2 bags per harvester or vessel, whichever is less per day. 1 Bag = 60 lbs. or two 5 gal. buckets (whole in shell)

Apalachicola Bay has summer & winter seasons/areas.

Harvest from approved shellfish areas only.

Go to www.floridaaquaculture.com for allowable harvesting areas.

Permit & Pompano ? T

Not less than 11" or more than 20" fork

6 per harvester per day aggregate

of Permit and Pompano

May possess one over 20" of either Permit or Pompano.

Vessel restriction: no more than 2 permit and pompano over 20" fork length at any time in any combination. Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited.

Pompano, African ? T

Not less than 24" fork

2 fish per harvester or per vessel

per day, whichever is less

Hook & line gear only.

Red Drum

(Redfish) ? ? T

Not less than 18" or more than 27"

1 per harvester per day

Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited.

Harvest in Federal waters prohibited.

Red Porgy ? ?

14" Atlantic

3 per harvester per day Atlantic

Basic recreational saltwater fishing regulations

This brief summary of regulations governs the taking of saltwater species in Florida state waters for personal use. It is not applicable to the commercial harvesting of these species. The absence of complete laws, rules and regulations in this summary does not relieve persons from compliance with those laws, rules or regulations. State waters extend to 3 nautical miles on the Atlantic and 9 nautical miles on the Gulf. Federal rules apply beyond state waters. For species that do not have an established bag limit, more than 100 pounds or two fish per harvester per day (whichever is greater), is considered commercial quantities. A saltwater products license and commercial vessel registration are required to harvest commercial quantities of unregulated species. It is illegal to sell recreationally harvested fish without compliance with commercial license requirements. Issue Thirty Five, July 2009 Highlights indicate recent regulation changes.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission July 1, 2009 ? December 31, 2009 11

Species Minimum Size LimitsClosed Season Daily Rec. Bag Limit Remarks

Scallops, Bay Sept. 11?June 30

2 gallons whole or 1 pint meat per harvester per day, no more than 10 gallons whole, or ½ gallon meat per vessel anytime

Harvest allowed only in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the Pasco-Hernando county line, to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. Sea Bass, Black ? ? 12" Atlantic; 10" Gulf 15 per harvester per day Atlantic

Shad 10 aggregate per harvester per day American, Alabama & Hickory are part of aggregate limit. Hook &

line gear only.

Shark 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less

Practice of finning and filleting at sea prohibited. Spearing prohibited.

See list below for prohibited species.

Sheepshead ? ? T 12" 15 per harvester per day Snatching prohibited.

Shrimp ?

April & May closed to

Nassau, Duval, St. Johns,

Putnam, Flagler & Clay counties

5 gallons heads on per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less Contact FWC Regional Office for closed areas.

Snapper, Black &

Wenchman ?

Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Cubera ? ?

Not less than 12" or more than 30" (see remarks)

Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit if under 30"

Allowed 2 Cubera Snapper over 30" per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less. 30" or larger not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper, Gray (Mangrove) ? ? 10" 5 per harvester per day Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper, Lane ? ? 8"

Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit Atlantic

Gulf not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper, Mutton ? ? 16" Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Red ? ? 20" Atlantic; 16" Gulf

? ? ? 2 per harvester per day

Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag

limit. Note: Check www.MyFWC.com/Fishing for most current regulations prior to fishing.

Gulf: Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.

Snapper, Schoolmaster ? ? 10" Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit

Snapper, Vermilion ? ? 12" Atlantic; 10" Gulf

Vermilion Snapper not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Snapper, all other ? ? 12" Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit Includes: Blackfin, Dog, Mahogany, Queen, Silk & Yellowtail.

Snook (all species) ? ? T

Not less than 28" or more

than 32" Atlantic

Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf of

Mexico, Monroe County,

Everglades Nat. Park

Dec. 15?Jan. 31, June?Aug. Atlantic

Dec.?Feb., May?Aug. Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, Everglades Nat. Park 1 per harvester per day

Snook permit required when saltwater license required. State regulations apply in federal waters. Illegal to buy or sell snook. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited. Sponge, Commercial

Greater than 5" in

greatest dimension

measured across the top

of the sponge

10 per harvester per day Includes: Sheepswool, Yellow, Grass, Glove, Finger, Wire, Reef &

Velvet sponge.

Spotted Seatrout ? ? T

Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person

Nov. & Dec. S. Region

Feb. N.E. and N.W. Regions

(see regional definitions below) 4 per harvester per day South Region

5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions

See regional definitions below.

Swordfish

47" lower jaw fork length,

29" cleithrum to keel

length, or 33 pounds

dressed weight

1 per harvester or 3 per vessel, whichever is less

All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528. HMS permit required in federal waters.

Tarpon 2 fish possession limit

Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest. Snatching and spearing prohibited. Boca Grande Pass has seasonal regulations. Contact DMFM for current information.

Tilefish , Golden ? 1 per harvester per day Atlantic Included within the 5 per harvester per day (Atlantic) and 4 per harvester per day (Gulf) Grouper aggregate bag limit.

Triggerfish (Gray) ?

12" fork Atlantic;

14" fork Gulf

Triggerfish except Gray and Ocean have live landing & live well requirements.

Tripletail ? ? T 15" 2 per harvester per dayHook & line gear only. No snatch hooks.

Wahoo ? 2 per harvester per dayTo sell or exceed the daily bag limit, follow commercial regulations.

Weakfish ? ? 12" 4 per harvester per day

? Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads & tails intact)

? Measured as total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the

mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side.

T Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait.

ORNAMENTAL TROPICAL FISH AND PLANTS

See Regulations for taking aquarium species have changed on page 14.

PROHIBITED SPECIES

It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell, or exchange the following species: Longbill Spearfish, Mediterranean Spearfish, Roundscale Spearfish, Nassau Grouper, Goliath Grouper (Jewfish), Sawfish, Atlantic Angel Shark, Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark,

Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Dusky Shark, Galapagos Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Puffer fish (harvest prohibited in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River,

St. Lucie and Martin counties), Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Smalltail Shark, Basking Shark, Whale Shark, Spotted Eagle Ray, Sturgeon, White Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger

Shark, Manta Ray, Spiny Dogfish, Longspine Urchin, Stony, Hard and Fire Corals, Sea Fans, Florida Queen Conch and Bahama Starfish. Harvest of live rock in state waters is prohibited.

FWC REGIONAL OFFICES

Northwest Region Panama City 850-265-3676; North Central Region Lake City 386-758-0525; Northeast Region Ocala 352-732-1225; Southwest Region Lakeland 863-648-3200; South Region West Palm Beach 561-625-5122

SEATROUT REGIONS

Northeast Region means all state waters lying north of the Flagler-Volusia County line to the Florida-Georgia border, and adjacent federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters.

Northwest Region means all state waters north and west of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway (28E9.350?N 82E48.398?W), which is approximately 1.17 nautical miles south of the Pasco-Pinellas County line to the Florida-Alabama border, and adjacent federal EEZ waters.

South Region means state waters lying between the Flagler-Volusia County line on the Atlantic Ocean and the southern boundary of the Northwest Region on the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County and adjacent federal EEZ waters.

Harvester: Regardless of what species you are fishing for, bag limits are only for properly licensed individuals and those people exempt from licensing requirements who are actively harvesting. People harvesting may not exceed the individual
 

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AJ are legal inside 9 miles. Speckled trout are good to go until February.

Eugene, it won't be long on the sheepshead I'm sure.
 

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Count the gill rakers on the AJ. Greater AJ has 11-17 rakers. Lesser AJ has 18-24. Almaco AJ has a different dorsal fin.
 

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Orion45 (10/31/2009)Count the gill rakers on the AJ. Greater AJ has 11-17 rakers. Lesser AJ has 18-24. Almaco AJ has a different dorsal fin.
also, the greater AJ gills have a gap on the top and bottom. the lesser AJ gills go all the way from top to bottom.



BUT you can keep all the bait you can catch........
 

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one pinfish per person. slot of not less than 4 inches or more than 6 inches. to the fork. hms required in federal waters. representative of the pew foundation must be on hand to witness the landing of the pinfish to ensure you dont accidently catch an endangered croaker. pinfish tag must be immediately affixed. unlawful to possess more than 2 pinfish at any time without a valid recent receipt from jo pattis fish market......... just shoot me and put me out of my misery! LOL
 

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angus_cow_doctor (10/31/2009)one pinfish per person. slot of not less than 4 inches or more than 6 inches. to the fork. hms required in federal waters. representative of the pew foundation must be on hand to witness the landing of the pinfish to ensure you dont accidently catch an endangered croaker. pinfish tag must be immediately affixed. unlawful to possess more than 2 pinfish at any time without a valid recent receipt from jo pattis fish market......... just shoot me and put me out of my misery! LOL
thats really not funny.You guys act like we cant keep anything and the regs are so terrible.Go somewhere there isnt any regs and try to catch anything worth a shit.the regs are there to ensure we all have a fair share.Go to VA and see how flounder is 18" and 2 per person.Here you can catch a weeks worth in 1 night.It pisses me off at the amount of greed some of the fisherman display .They complain about the regs than complain the inshore fishing 10 years ago here was terrible.I dont understand why everyone is so uptight about the regs when Most people cant even limit out on the regs that are in place now.,If fish stocks are becoming depleted they have a job to do.No one BITCHED when redfish were almost extint and look at how the regs brought them back.We cannont blame no one but out own greed and overfishing.Look at the cobia in the spring.Man all them boats all along the gulf putting that amount of pressure on them eventually something is going to give.

People joke and make fun and say oh we got it so bad im starving i can only keep pinfish.Saw a guy today in a wheelchair with no legs.I bet he dont complain about how many fish hes aloud to keep.Just be thankful you guys can even go out and catch fish.Saw a guy the other day catching nice specs one after another behind the house we was working on.I bet he doesnt complain.Must be nice to catch a feasible amount of dinner in 10 minutes instead of filling up a cooler and just giving them away.
 

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marlin fisherman elaborating on inshore fishing? gasp:poke

just kidding

i do agree that without regs fishing wouldnt be worth a crap but when regsget to strict then there is no point in fishing anyway. there has to be a middle point somewhere
 

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some regulation is good and required just like salt in your diet. however too much regulation is just like too much salt. it leads to bad things........



i am all for closure of species if needed. but we all know this fishery stuff is a giant shell game with nmfs doing some disingenious shuffling. that is the problem.
 
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