Those with a Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation will meet the statewide requirement until the Gulf designation expires, even if you are fishing on the Atlantic coast. Gulf state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles.
Atlantic state waters are from shore to 3 nautical miles. Participation mandatory to fish for grouper in Florida waters.
Expand All | Collapse All 1 gag or black within the 3 grouper aggregate Note: In the Atlantic reef fish fishery, gear rules require hooking tools, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, non-stainless steel hooks in all state waters, and non-offset circle hooks N. of 28 ° N. latitude.
Several species of Gulf grouper (red, black, scamp, yellow fin and yellow mouth) are closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of the 20-fathom break. Recreational anglers are encouraged to use electronic charting equipment to plot the 20-fathom break by entering the established coordinates listed on the map below into a route.
Monroe County: Several species of Atlantic grouper (red, black, yellow fin, yellow mouth, scamp, rock hind, red hind, Coney and grays by) are closed Jan. 1 – April 30 in all state and federal waters of the Atlantic including all state waters off Monroe County (Atlantic and Gulf sides). During this closure, anglers can harvest grouper in open federal waters of the Gulf and return to port in Monroe County by traveling through closed state waters of the Atlantic as long as the vessel proceeds directly to port without stopping to fish.
Dennis Forgone, left, holds a 48-pound black grouper caught by his female angler on his charter boat Free Spool. Dennis Forgone Grouper season opens Wednesday after a four-month closure, and many South Florida anglers and divers will head offshore to try to catch or spear what is considered to be one of the region’s best-tasting fish.
Dennis Forgone, who is looking forward to opening day, especially considering that last year was one of the best ever for grouper for his customers on Free Spool (www.freespoolsportfishing.com), his 43-foot charter boat that fishes out of Haul over Marina in North Miami Beach. The closure was implemented in 2010 to allow the population of black, gag and red grouper to increase in number and in size as well as protect them during their spawning seasons.
So far, that closure appears to be working, as anglers and spearfishes have been seeing and catching bigger fish. That includes artificial reefs, wrecks, ledges, rock piles and debris piles.
“Generally speaking, I fish structure from 80 to 200 feet of water from Hallandale Beach to Government Cut.” When that happens, anglers will usually break the fishing line on the sharp edges of the structure before they pull out the grouper.
“You need enough lead to hold the bottom when you’re sitting in one spot, whether it’s by the anchor or the boat’s motors. I’ll have both engines in gear and the boat will be slipping backwards because the current is so strong.
“I’ve got videos of us pulling in grouper and people commenting that I’m trolling for them. Forgone attaches his weight to the loop, which allows him to quickly remove and replace the lead when the strength of the current changes.
“The second thing we go to is anything that we have,” he says, adding that grouper will bite everything from live goggle-eyes, blue runners and grunts to strips and chunks of bonito. When a grouper grabs a bait, Forgone recommends leaving the rod in the rod-holder and reeling as fast as you can.
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These fish are distinct for their long gray and white lateral stripes and their rather broad head. They begin to migrate in toward the shore as the spring starts to set in and the waters warm up a bit.
They tend to be dark gray or green in color with black spots, and are often found in estuaries. They typically weigh around eight pounds, but it’s not unheard of for them to grow to be several times that size.
There are several species that you’ll find both close to and away from the shores, including hammerhead, make and blacktop. They frequently weigh around 100 pounds or more, making them a favorite game fish on charter excursions.
Gag grouper have long, compressed bodies and 11 to 14 rays in the anal fins. Smaller fish are much lighter and have numerous dark brown or charcoal kiss-like marks along the sides.
The scamp, M. final, and black grouper, M. Monaco, closely resemble the gag and often occur in the same habitat. Gag have deeply notched properties, distinguishing them from black grouper.
Spawning takes place in February off the coast of the Carolina's and in January through March in the Gulf of Mexico. Gag may live for 26 years and grow to be 58 inches in length and weigh up to 81 pounds.
Gag often congregate around rocky ledges and swim in small groups. They are predators of round scad, sardines, porgies, snappers, grunts, crabs, shrimp and squid.
The caudal (tail) and anal fins of the gag have white margins, while the black grouper does not. Open Season : May 1 – December 31 Note: since this species is managed under an Annual Catch Limit, the fishery could close if the recreational Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met.
Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage.
Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet. Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing.
Open Season : May 1 – December 31 Note: since this species is managed under an Annual Catch Limit, the fishery could close if the commercial Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met. If an in- season closure were to be announced by NOAA Fisheries, all relevant information will be included here.
At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage. Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet.
Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing. The use of non-stainless steel hooks when fishing for snapper- grouper species with hook-and-line gear and natural baits south of 28º north latitude.
Abbreviated Framework 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region proposes to adjust the annual catch limits for South Atlantic vermilion snapper and black sea bass in response to the results of the… Regulatory Amendment 28 ends overfishing of golden tile fish by reducing the total annual catch limit (ACL) to 342,000 lb.
Actions adjusted the annual catch limits (ACL) for South Atlantic red grouper in response to the results of the latest stock assessment. The proposed temporary measures reduced the golden tile fish annual catch limits (ACL) (total, commercial, and recreational) for 2018.