The following species will reopen to recreational harvest on May 1 in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic: hogfish; blueline tilefish; gag, black, red, yellowmouth, and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.

Gag Grouper Fall Season Opens Sept. 1 in Gulf 4-County Region

August 19, 2020

By: Staff Report

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. – The gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31. Monroe County state waters follow Atlantic regulations.

The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total length and the daily bag limit is two fish per harvester within the four grouper aggregate bag limit. Charter captains and crew have a zero bag limit.

If you plan to fish for gag grouper in state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler prior to your fishing trip (renew annually). To learn more, visit Sign up today at Learn more about grouper regulations at by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Grouper” under the “Reef Fish” tab.

Publishers Note: While The Free Press will always be free for our readers, and ad-supported, we are asking our loyal readers to consider a monthly donation of $3 to maintain our local journalism and help us grow, as we ramp up ad sales locally.

You can click here to support us.

We thank you all for your consideration and supporting local journalism.


Login To Facebook From Your Browser To Leave A Comment