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93lb Wahoo captured on the 12th May 2001 by Steve Armstrong on
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Here in Florida anglers can catch some 114 species, 71 of which are regulated in some manner.

FLORIDA FISH
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FISHING CALENDAR FOR FLORIDA

 
Fair
Good
Excellent
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
GAG/BLACK GROUPER
RED GROUPER
SCAMP GROUPER
MANGROVE SNAPPER
AMBERJACK
RED SNAPPER

Opens
April 21

Closed
November 1

LANE SNAPPER
MUTTON SNAPPER
TRIGGERFISH
GRUNTS
SHARKS
BLACK SEA BASS
PORGY
KING MACKEREL  
SPANISH MACKEREL      
MAHI-MAHI
(DOLPHIN FISH)
           
BLACKFIN TUNA      
SAILFISH          
COBIA
WAHOO

CREVALLE JACK
 

BARRACUDA
 

BONITO
 
BLUEFISH
BONEFISH
FLORIDA POMPANO
GULF FLOUNDER
LADYFISH
LIZARD FISH
PERMIT
RED DRUM (REDFISH)
SEA TROUT
SHEEPSHEAD
SNOOK
TARPON
TRIGGERFISH                        
BLUE MARLIN
WHITE MARLIN
SPEARFISH
(not targeted but occasionally
captured by accident)
DEEP DROP SPECIES BELOW                        
LONGTAIL BASS
KITTY MITCHELL GROUPER
GOLDEN TILEFISH
SNOWY GROUPER
SPINEYCHEEK SCORPION FISH
SWORDFISH
YELLOWEDGE GROUPER
ROSE FISH

TO NAME BUT A FEW!

 

FLORIDA SALTWATER FISHING RECORDS


The regulations with regard to keeping fish that you catch in Florida are complex and as a friend advised me recently ,he said jokingly "always take your lawyer with you". One thing for sure is that you need the latest copy of the Florida State Regulations with you. Each year it appears the regulations change and the state of Florida has on the Gulf Coast jurisdiction out to 9 miles and on the Atlantic coast out to 3 miles.

Some species  like Snook also have a period of time when they may not be caught at all i.e. this is called a closed season. Furthermore it is also ILLEGAL TO BUY OR SELL SNOOK. Some species are in a class known as a PROTECTED SPECIE category , such as certain types of shark i.e. Sawshark, Basking and Whale Sharks. Other types of shark catches are limited to one shark per person with a maximum catch of one fish per boat.

There also is one other category that's requires what is known as a TAG. This is a permit that allows you to catch Tarpon. In the case of Tarpon you are  required to purchase a Tarpon tag to posses a tarpon with the bag limit being two per person per day. Now if that is not complicated enough two species are aggregated together in terms of a bag catch.  These are the Banded Rudder Fish and the Lesser Amberjack.  You may keep not more than five fish per angler per day being between the sizes of 14" to 20". There are some other species you are prohibited to retain. As an example Nassau Grouper, Sawfish, Spotted Eagle Ray and the Goliath Grouper (Jewfish).

Well I hope I have not put you off coming fishing in Florida with our regulations, but the fishing is great because we have conservation. In the UK & Europe they are still to wake up to the fact that QUOTA'S do nothing for CONSERVATION and anglers there still do not have bag limits. When will the EEC see the light. Hopefully before it's to late.

I expect you will be coming just for the sport and so returning your catch to fight another day will further help with our conservation. Our aim is to preserve stocks and our sport here in Florida for the future of others.

As for fishing licenses, that's not your worry as we obtain all those for you and they are included in the charter fee. The vessel also has the necessary reef & pelagic permits  to fish in the Gulf as a charter boat. 

Some Information provided for on this page by flasport.gif (931 bytes) "Sport Fish of Florida" by Vic Dunaway

ISBN 0-936240-16-4  Price $16.95 from most good Tackle Shops.

Some information provided for on this page by FISHING LINES a free publication of The Department of Environmental Protection.

Other information on this page gathered from various resources such as books & websites.


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