Floridas goliath groupers are worth more as friends than food by annie roth, graduate student, scientific communication university of california, santa cruz published 3. In south florida, probably one of the most anticipated and planned spearfishing outings aside from those that take you to major global destinations is the trip we make on or about may 1 of each year for the reopening of grouper season. Grouper species open to harvest are gag, black, red, yellowmouth and yellowfin, along with related species scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney and graysby. Scroll down for regulations by coast and by species. Mar 30, 2017 4 florida counties open april 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest. All tickets in grouper package play are quick pick tickets for the next available draw. The minimum size limit for recreational harvest has been set at 24 inches.
Grouper goliath fishing in south florida fishingbooker. In february, they petitioned the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission to. Feb 08, 2017 jim waymer, florida today published 4. Players cannot select any of their own numbers or addon features to any game tickets. Anglers targeting grouper in florida state and federal waters of the atlantic, including state waters off monroe county, will be able to take home some of their catch starting may 1. The season for these species of grouper will remain open until jan. The fwc decided to not open a goliath grouper fishing season until more research into the health of the. Sportfishing vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish. Reel in a deal with florida lotterys grouper package. Apr 20, 2017 state snapper season decided for florida published 6. Grouper 2017 chevy florida insider fishing report season, episode. Florida keys fishing calendar fishing in the florida keys, marathon is available all year round and this calendar can help you see when a its best per type of fishing.
Apr 27, 2017 the season for these species of grouper will remain open until jan. The florida fish and wildlife conservation commission announced the closure of grouper as of january 1. Fwc gathering input on changes to this season state waters off the coast of franklin, wakulla, jefferson and taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting april 1. State waters off franklin, wakulla, jefferson and taylor counties are not currently scheduled to open for gag fishing july through december. Atlantic state waters are from shore to 3 nautical miles. Grouper fishing reopens may 1 in the florida keys anglers grouper fishing in florida state and federal waters of the atlantic, including state waters off monroe county florida keys, 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. With the new year comes several changes in florida saltwater fishing regulations. Sep 21, 2017 gag grouper go shallow in winter and spring when fish you usually catch in 50 to 100 feet of water move to 20 to 30foot depths, where they are susceptible to trolled deepdiving plugs. All of our boats are out today and all of them will be on the reef and the deep water ready to catch the tastiest fish in the ocean.
Grouper fishing in the florida keys and key west is open to recreational anglers from may 1st until december 31 st. Mangrove snapper, available yearround as shallow as 10 or 15 feet, spawn in late summer in 50 to 70 feet. T harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook any hook with two or more points and a common shaft in conjunction with live or dead natural bait. We did catch 3 mutton snapper and a cobia on the bottom yesterday as we were not targeting grouper, but today is a different story. Jun 01, 2017 the 2017 recreational gag grouper season opened on june 1 in both florida state and federal waters in the gulf of mexico. Monroe county follows the atlantic season for gag grouper and is currently open. Fwc announces atlantic grouper and red snapper seasons close. The new rules apply to black and gag grouper in the gulf waters of florida. Protect the critically endangered goliath grouper from killing in florida july 4, 2017 in the earlier part of the last century, atlantic goliath groupers were abundant from florida to brazil and throughout the gulf of mexico and caribbean sea. Fishhawk charters carries a reef permit which qualifies for the 49 day red snapper season and grouper season. Hogfish recreational season harvest will close in state waters off floridas atlantic and southern gulf coasts nov.
Floridas fishing industry has dealt with its fair share of problems, with oil spills and grouper shortages. In february, they petitioned the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission to allow a limited open season on the goliath. Popular with anglers looking for grouper goliath fishing charters in south florida you will be fishing aboard a 25 carolina skiff center console boat that is powered by a 150 hp suzuki engine. The florida fish and wildlife conservation commission is considering opening up a limited goliath grouper season for the first time in nearly 30 years. Snapper aggregate bag limit within state waters of the atlantic and gulf, all species of snapper are included in a 10 fish per. Gag grouper are now out of season around the entire florida coastline. Bait 2017 chevy florida insider fishing report season.
The marina is located in downtown sarasota only a couple miles from the gulf of mexico. Fishing seasons and species chart for southwest florida. Florida keys grouper season 2019 for many, may 1st is just the start of spring, but for avid fishermen in the keys, may 1st means grouper season is open. The 2020 gulf red snapper season for anglers fishing from private recreational vessels will be june 11 july 25 45. Grouper are managed differently in gulf versus atlantic and in state versus federal waters. July 1 december 31 all species must be landed with head and fins intact. Hogfish recreational season closes nov 1 in florida keys. Fish key west florida as seen on espn grouper season open. Gulf grouper aggregate bag limit all species of grouper in the gulf are included in a 4 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of grouper species. The fwc approved new florida grouper regulations on february 10, 2016. The fish key west florida august 2017 fishing report. Florida goliath grouper catch reopen season fwc eat.
The gag grouper recreational harvest season in gulf of mexico state waters, not including franklin, jefferson, wakulla and taylor counties, opened june 1 and will remain open through dec. Even though some of these species are seasonal in their presence, there are always many that are available and feeding. Dec 21, 2016 gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most gulf of mexico state waters and all gulf federal waters jan. Gears used for grouper fishing target a range of snapper and grouper species. It doesnt always fall on a weekend but when it does like this year, the planning begins early. Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper season changes in. The season will remain closed for grouper through april 30, and for the snapper through june 1. Reef fish florida saltwater fishing regulations 2020. The final rule for amendment 37 to the fishery management plan for the snappergrouper fishery of the south atlantic region amendment 37 published on july 25, 2017 see fishery bulletin fb17041, and is effective on august 24, 2017 82 fr 34584 the 2017 commercial catch limit for the florida keyseast florida population of hogfish will be. Apart from all the standard safety and navigation equipment, the boat has a livewell for bait as well as a wireless trolling motor, which is a great. This closure includes all state waters south of cape sable, which is on the gulf side of florida, and up the atlantic coast. Florida saltwater fishing regulations 2020 eregulations. Two commercial fishing seasons for snowy grouper with 70% of the commercial annual catch limit allocated to season 1 and 30% to season 2, with a transfer of remaining quota from season 1 to season 2.
Gulf grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the gulf except off monroe county where atlantic rules apply. Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper season changes in gulf. The 2017 recreational gag grouper season opened on june 1 in both florida state and federal waters in the gulf of mexico. These eight hour trips are available only on the 35 foot contender as to cut down travel time and maximize the day for fishing. Boca grande englewood fishing report tarpon goliath. Fishing closures right now with 55 species to manage in just the snapper grouper complex alone, it can be difficult to keep track of when fishing is open or closed for certain species. Dec 12, 2017 a 2009 report by researchers from florida state universitys coastal and marine laboratory indicated that spiny lobster and snapper make up less than 4 percent of the goliath grouper diet. Updated june 30, 2016 and march 22, 2017 gag south atlantic and gulf of.
Boca grande englewood fishing report tarpon goliath grouper red snapper. Florida keys grouper season 2019 marathon islamorada key. Many species are managed using seasonal closures to protect spawning aggregations of fish. State waters off franklin, wakulla, jefferson and taylor counties are open from april 1 through june 30 only and are not open during the june 1 through. Snook season closes in all florida keys waters may 1 2017. Visit any florida lottery retailer and when you ask for grouper, the terminal will print four individual tickets, including. Within this threefish limit, anglers may possess only one gag or black grouper not both. Increases in florida grouper gulf limits bdoutdoors. Mar 27, 2017 sarasota, florida steve with a nice red grouper we normally hop aboard our boat at marina jack on sarasota bay.
But as matthew seeger reports, an article from florida taxwatch exposes another problem ecological damage caused by a hungry little troublemaker known as the lionfish. Florida goliath grouper catch reopen season fwc eat endangered. Florida saltwater fishing regulations reef fish eregulations. Grouper is not in season in the state of quintana roo in mexico from february 1st,2017 until march 31st, 2017. All other grouper landed between dec 1 and feb 28 must have head, tail, and skin intact. Feb 03, 2017 jim waymer, florida today published 2. Deep drop rigs line leaders hooks snapper grouper tilefish florida sport fishing tv pros. Over 850 anglers made myfishcount member profiles and over 700 trips were reported using the app. Florida gag grouper 2017 fall season approved in gulf 4county region by tbc press on 071217 the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission fwc approved lengthening the gulf of mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off franklin, wakulla, jefferson and taylor counties by opening the season sept. With grouper, players receive tickets for pick 4, fantasy 5, florida lotto, and cash4life plus, a free lucky money ticket giving players the chance to win in five different lottery drawings. And, on january 1 the season for shallowwater grouper in atlantic state waters will close. Black grouper, gag grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper.
The fwc decided to not open a goliath grouper fishing season until more research into the health of. Fishing seasons and species chart for southwest florida our fishing is excellent, and one of the many reasons is the exceptionally large number of species which regularly prowl our waters. X gulf reef fish survey required when fishing for selected reef species from a private vessel in the gulf of mexico. Gag season starts june 1 in gulf federal and most state waters fwc. Dec 22, 2011 florida recently announced that it will increase the recreational red grouper bag limit in gulf of mexico state waters excluding monroe county on december 30 from two fish to four. Goliath grouper are anything but gentle giants for florida. Participation mandatory to fish for grouper in gulf waters. The season is currently set to remain open through december 31, but could. The fish key west florida august 2017 fishing report august 24, 2017 great summer fishing key west fishing report july 2017 july 17, 2017 key west fishing report june 2017 mahi, cobia and marlin. State snapper season decided for florida published 6.
Several species of atlantic grouper red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney and graysby are closed jan. Floridas goliath groupers are worth more as friends than food. Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most gulf of mexico state waters and all gulf federal waters jan. Note that there are some species of grouper that are open year round. Monroe county state waters follow atlantic grouper rules. Monroe county is excluded from this season because it follows the atlantic state season. 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. Florida gulf of mexico snapper and grouper bottomfishing. Now florida fishermen want to strike back at the goliath grouper. However, the most common grouper species that keys anglers are targeting are the black grouper, the gag grouper, and the red grouper.
Gag grouper go shallow in winter and spring when fish you usually catch in 50 to 100 feet of water move to 20 to 30foot depths, where they are susceptible to trolled deepdiving plugs. Once the season opens, most grouper species can be speared or caught on hook and line, as long as they are the allowable species and the correct length. May 01, 2017 grouper season is limited, available now through sunday, june 25, 2017, at the lottery. Snapper are managed differently in the gulf versus the atlantic and in state versus federal waters. Annual shallowwater grouper spawning season closure january 1 through april 30, except for red grouper in federal waters off the coasts of north carolina and south carolina, which remains closed until june 1. Grouper excluding nassau grouper during closed season and rockfish must weigh at least 3 lbs. The department of commerce states the new rule will reopen the 2017 federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling component on fridays, saturdays, and sundays from june 16, 2017, through labor day. Gulf state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Protect the critically endangered goliath grouper from. During this closure, anglers can harvest grouper in open.
From dolphin to tarpon, your day aboard will be unforgettable. Jul 03, 2017 grouper 2017 chevy florida insider fishing report season, episode. Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sportfish, even if they are in season. This is an annual closure and the season will reopen june 1, 2017. Ct april 20, 2017 local diver finis calvert with a nice red snapper he shot during last years florida state waters red snapper season. Grouper fishing regulations in the florida keys and key. Grouper fishing regulations in the florida keys and key west. Myfishcount also allows anglers to report trips where anglers intended to fish but could not due to poor weather or other reasons. Tampa fishing report, wednesday, april 5, 2017, florida fishing report tampa fishing. The gag grouper season in the remainder of gulf of mexico state waters is open june 1 through dec.1274 603 769 969 1074 766 88 783 484 49 959 413 1283 1332 894 1371 705 173 1191 242 277 87 104 435 678 895 281 1187 1570 816 1376 318 661 1328 545 36 1286 189 1042 913 593 389 873 1243 759 340