Grouper Fishing Reopens May 1 In Atlantic, Open To Recreational and Commercial Harvest

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will remain open until Jan. 1, 2017


BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens to recreational and commercial harvest.

The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.

The harvest of these species of grouper will remain open until Jan. 1, 2017.

These species are closed annually from Jan. 1 through April 30 each year as a measure to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore to 3 nautical miles out.

Recreational anglers targeting these species may not take more than three grouper per person per day. Within this three-fish limit, anglers may possess only one gag or black grouper (not both).

Most shallow water grouper are caught in federal waters, ranging from 60 feet to 280 feet on bottom structures such as wrecks or natural live bottom. The Gag is one of the most common of the shallow-water grouper and the species most likely to be caught by recreational anglers.

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Dehooking tools must be aboard commercial and recreational vessels for use as needed to remove hooks from reef fish including Atlantic grouper.

More information about grouper bag and size limits, gear restrictions and fishing seasons, including a new map of the Atlantic and Gulf grouper fishing boundaries, is available online at; select “Saltwater Fishing” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”


CAPT. JOE PALERMO of the Sea Wrangler out of Port Canaveral pulled in this 42-pound Gag Grouper (also referred to as a Grey Grouper) in 170 feet of water off the Port. You can contact Capt. Joe at 321-863-6026 or visit (Space Coast Daily image)