Red Snapper season announced in May 2022
6-8 Weeks long typically from Mid June through Mid July.
2 per person (included in the 10 per harvester per day state snapper aggregate bag limit)
16 Inches Total Length
The Gulf Red Snapper are highly regulated. 113% of Florida’s quota (1,913,451 lbs.) was met during the 2021 season. Total 2021 Landings: 2,169,739 lbs. (preliminary as of Jan. 2022)
One of our most common Gulf Water fish and open year round. King and Spanish Mackerel.
King: Kings feed on small fish and squid and take both natural and artificial baits. Min of 24" and we have seen sizes of 80lbs plus.
Spanish: Fast and Fun, Schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F. 12" inch min and open year round
One of the most deliciios fish to eat in the Gulf. Minimum Size Limit of 15" to the fork. Daily Bag Limit of 1 per person. Regular season openings: March 1-May 31 and Aug. 1 -Dec. 31.
Commonly found on hard-bottoms, reefs and ledges in water depths that exceed 80 feet. Behavior Triggerfish can raise and lock their first dorsal spine; pressing down on the second dorsal spine acts as a trigger, unlocking the first spine. State Record: 12 lb 7 oz, caught near Pensacola July 15, 2001
The REEF DONKEY, nicknamed for their bucking like actions
Minimum Size Limit: 34” Fork Length Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person Season: Open May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31.
Also in the Jack family you will find the Alamaco Jack and the Jack Crevalle open year round.
There are 12 different species of Grouper. Our most common species are Gag, Scamp and Red Grouper.
Red and Scamp Grouper are open year-round in the Gulf State Waters.
Gag is a min of 24 inches total and seasons range from June through end of December.
Although there are 3 groups of Harvested Sharks, catch and release is most common.
Sharks are apex predators that play an important role in marine ecosystems. Releasing sharks in a way that increases their chance of survival is an important step toward achieving and maintaining healthy, sustainable shark populations.
Many species of sharks are prohibited from harvest, possession, or landing in Florida waters. Prohibited shark species must remain in the water with the gills submerged when fishing from shore or from a vessel. If hook removal will delay release, cut the hook or the leader as close to the hook as possible. Treat unknown catches as a prohibited species and release them.
Open year round and 2 per person with no size limit but have seen sizes up to 98 inches. Habitat Offshore waters; generally not found in schools. Behavior Known for their tremendous runs and shifts of direction. Feeds on fishes and squid. Many times are mistaken for the King Mackerel.
The mahi-mahi or common dolphinfish is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide. There is no size limit and up to 10 per person or 60 per boat. Fast swimmers and one of the fastest-growing fish, though to live no more than 5 years. When a schooling dolphin is hooked, the rest of the school will often stay nearby.
In Gulf State Water there is not a minimum size Limit, and a daily bag Limit: 2 fish per person or 10 per vessel, whichever is greater. Gulf State Water Season is Open year-round, however we normally see them migrate through towards the end of the summer and fall season. Most commonly caught is the Blackfin Tuna
Most commonly found in the Fall Season. Sailfish are a rapidly growing species; they reach 4-5 feet in one year. They feed aggressively on small fish and squid. Off southeast Florida, sailfish move inshore to shallow water and spawn near the surface in summer. Females swim slowly with their dorsal fins above water, accompanied by one or more males when spawning.
A very small time of year the Tarpon will migrate through the Emerald Coast Waters. Minimum Size Limit: None. Tarpon over 40 inches MUST remain in the water unless in pursuit of a state or world record using a tarpon tag. Keep tarpon, especially the gills, in as much water as is safely possible. Daily Bag Limit: Tarpon is a catch-and-release only fishery.
Although found year-round the most common time of year with large masses of Cobia migrating through the coastal waters is Spring.
Minimum Size Limit: 33" fork length and Daily Bag Limit: 1 per day or 2 per vessel, whichever is less.
Most common size is 10-50 pounds but have seen 150 pounds.