VIDEO: Gag Grouper Set To Open For Recreational Harvest In Most States June 1
By Capital Soup // May 30, 2017
SEASON WILL REMAIN OPEN through Dec. 31
ABOVE VIDEO: This video offers great advice and footage on the opening of Gag Grouper season. Note that Grouper season ends December 31, 2017. (ABC Action News video)
(CAPITAL SOUP) – Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state and all federal Gulf of Mexico waters June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31.
Gulf state waters are from the shoreline to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters begin where state waters end and extend to 200 nautical miles.
Monroe County is excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic state season. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties are also excluded from this opening because they have their own season from April 1-June 30.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss extending this shorter four-county season at the July Commission meeting in Orlando.
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The minimum size limit for gag grouper in Gulf waters is 24 inches total length and the daily bag limit is two fish per person within the four-grouper-per-person aggregate limit.
If you plan to fish for gag grouper in Gulf state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal is required).
CLICK HERE to learn more and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Reef Fish Survey” under “Reef Fish.” CLICK HERE to Learn more about grouper by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”
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