20

On Newsstands Now!

October_cover-Sm

DON’T MISS THE NEXT ISSUE!
Get a copy delivered to your door every month for just $19.95 a year or $34.95 for 2 years. Click here to subscribe.



And Florida Slot Limits

Select your fish from the drop-down menu below

Regulations:

Slot limit of not less than 18" or more than 27"; no closed season; one fish per person per day limit

General Information

This is one of the top recreational saltwater gamefish in the state. Redfish spawn from August to November in the offshore waters near passes and inlets. September is usually the peak month. Those that survive the open water larval fish stage, move into the estuaries as juveniles where they will live for several years. Anglers sometimes encounter large schools of these young fish, often called rat reds. The schools do migrate although scientists believe that they do not move over great distances.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Sciaenops ocellatus

Other Names: Red Drum, channel bass, bull red, rat red

Ideal Temp: 70 to 90

World Record: 94 lbs. 2 oz, NC

Environment: inshore, coastal

Techniques: light tackle, surf fishing, fly tackle

Regulations:

Minimum length 33" (fork length); no closed season; 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less.

General Information

Cobia are year round residents in south Florida and part time residents in other parts of the state. Along both coasts, anglers notice cobia migrating northward in the spring and to the south in the fall. They travel in small schools and are often seen in the company of large rays. Anglers use the sight of the ray's wing tips breaking the surface of the water as an indication that cobia may be present.

The fish spawn in summer and early fall offshore in the Atlantic Ocean and in the open waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Cobia grow quickly. A two year old fish can be 24" in length.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Rachycentron canadum

Other Names: ling, lemonfish, crab eater, bacalo

World Record: 135 lbs. Australia

Environment: offshore

Techniques: medium tackle, trolling

Regulations:

Snapper, Red-20" Atlantic; 16" Gulf Closed in Gulf 2 per harvester per day.

Snapper, Mutton 16" Included within 10 per harvester per day 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, Vermilion, 12" Atlantic; 10" Gulf 10 per harvester per day

Snapper, all others-Contact local FWC office for details

General Information

The rules for snapper fishing are complicated; perhaps unduly so according to many anglers. But, with 15 species of snappers in Florida's waters, the popularity of the fish with anglers, and the slow growth rate of these species, the regulations are and will continue to be necessary if overfishing is to be avoided.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Lutjanus campechanus

Other Names: American red snapper, northern red snapper, mutton snapper

Ideal Temp: 60 to 70

World Record: 50 lbs. 4 oz, Louisiana

Environment: reef

Techniques: bottom fishing, medium tackle

Regulations:

12" minimum size limit; no closed season; 15 per person per day limit

General Information:

Because of its bold and distinctive black and white vertically striped body, sheepshead are often referred to as the convict fish.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Archosargus probatocephalus

Other Names: convict fish, seabream

Ideal Temp: 60 to 65

World Record: 21 lbs. 4 oz, La.

Environment: inshore, coastal

Techniques: medium tackle, bottom fishing

Regulations:

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.

General Information:

Tarpon are very primitive fish. The swim bladder of these fish connects to the fish's throat and they can use it as a primitive lung. This allows the smaller and younger fish to gulp air when the water is low in dissolved oxygen. This is a common occurrence in the shallow backwater bays during the summer, the place where small tarpon spend most of their time. One of the ways to scout for the presence of the "silver king" is to look and listen for tarpon to "roll" on the surface. That's when they gulp air and pass it into the swim bladder.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Megalops atlanticus

Other Names: poons, silver king, sabalo

Ideal Temp: 75 to 90

World Record: 283 lbs. Venezuela

Environment: inshore, coastal

Techniques: medium tackle, casting, heavy tackle fly

Regulations:

Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region, 5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions. See local FWC office for regional definitions.

General Information:

Spotted seatrout spawn from spring through the summer in the estuaries along both coasts. As juveniles, the fish live secret lives hidden among sea grass beds. Once they mature, the fish seldom move far from where they spawned. Females live for 6-8 years and males live 5-8 years.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Cynoscion nebulosus

Other Names: Speckled Trout

Ideal Temp: 55 to 80

World Record: 17 lbs. 7 oz, Fl.

Environment: inshore, coastal

Techniques: light tackle, casting, fly

Regulations:

Slot limit of not less than 24" or more than 34"; closed seasons are December 15-January 31 and June, July and August of each year; limit of 2 fish per person per day with one fish allowed to be greater 34"; snook permit required in addition to saltwater fishing license;

General Information:

Snook, often referred to as linesiders, spawn from April to October in the offshore waters near passes and inlets. The juvenile fish that survive those first few weeks of life in the open water eventually move into the estuaries where the fish most their lives. The fish can tolerate fresh water for extended periods of time. There are four species of snook but anglers don't need to worry about distinguishing one species from another. Three species, the fat snook, swordspine snook, and tarpon snook, never get larger than 18 inches so if caught, would have to be immediately released due to their size. Angler are after the common snook, a fish that can grow to the size of a small log and weigh over 30 pounds.

--------------------------------

Species Facts

Science Name: Centropomus undecimalis

Other Names: linesiders, robalo, sargeant fish, common snook

Ideal Temp: Above 62

World Record: 53 lbs. 10 oz, Costa Rica

Environment: inshore, coastal

Techniques: light tackle, casting, fly

Remember to check the Sportsman's Calendar for season openings and closings

Notice of Disclaimer

All rules current per FWC July 2009 Regulations. Click Here to download a PDF file showing complete FWC recreational saltwater regulations for all species

Content in the official FWC regulations supersedes any other content listed here.

Content on the official FWC website http://myfwc.com/RULESANDREGS/index.htm

supersedes any other content listed here.

For any questions please contact your local FWC or visit FWC Ask a Question

The content of this website is for general information purposes only. Woods ‘n Water Magazine Inc. tries to provide content that is true and accurate as of the date of writing; however, we give no assurance or warranty regarding the accuracy, timeliness, or applicability of any of the contents.

Visitors to WoodsnWater.net should not act upon WoodsnWater.net's content or information without first seeking appropriate professional advice.

For complete content disclaimer please visit http://www.woodsnwater.net/disclaimer