Beyond that 9 miles is considered federal waters. A good spot to try would be the CCA Curtis Bostick Artificial Reef in 100 feet of water 12 miles southeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet. Gag grouper, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, snowy grouper and more can be taken home for dinner. If you do catch them within 3 nautical miles of the shore you can harvest one per vessel per day. For more information, please visit our Annual Catch Limit Monitoring Page. From monster Goliaths to delicious Scamps, these big bottom-dwellers are a favorite on most Floridian fishing trips. Replied Shark: Shark are also in the Florida waters all year long, including in the spring. 45 Days. Fishing for Grouper off the Florida coast is always a day of fun and excitement. Forum contains unread posts The minimum size limit is 24" TL and the daily bag limit is 2 per person within a 4 grouper aggregate. Nice struggle and in the boat comes a nice fat 30 incher. For counties of Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson (in the Panhandle area from Apalachicola to Steinhatchee) there is open season in state waters from April 1 to June 30, and again from September 1 to December 31. @reelfloridafishingchannel Thanks Dude I am hoping to get to Johns Pass this season. A Florida Keys man caught a 43.5-pound black grouper on the opening day of the 2020 recreational grouper season in Monroe County. Treasure Coast Newspapers. After your trip you’ll soon be ready to go grouper fishing again; we have no doubt that you’ll be going back for more sooner rather than later. Be the first to know and catch some fish! If moving water can be found, that is a good place to try for catfish. There have been some decent redfish along the mangrove shorelines as well. A little rain is welcome as the level of the lake continues to be on the low side since it is still being used as a source of irrigation for the ag lands surrounding it. Not Replied Offshore: The deep artificial reefs such as the Wickstrom and Hailey Glasrud are prime spots to start the search for grouper. Didnt have a measuring tape so I used a big bag of charcoal, lmao. But they were all 22-23 inches. The Gulf of Mexico is a unique body of water that provides commercial and recreational anglers plenty of fishing opportunities. The best place to find gag grouper and big black grouper will be on deep ledges in 120-160 feet of water. Gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, scamp, snowy grouper and more, plus hogfish are now back on the keeper list for South Atlantic anglers until Jan. 1, 2021. Ed Killer is FLORIDA TODAY's outdoors writer. Gag grouper up to 30 pounds prefer the deep water reefs and ledges. One fish is enough to feed a family of 5 considering a few additional side dishes. There are also slot limits for each Grouper. Keep in mind, the FWC considers the Everglades and Florida Keys as part of the Atlantic Ocean waters, and all fishing done in these areas must stay within Atlantic-specific regulations. @grouper_2020 thanks! Catch-and-release is a great way to help sustain the Grouper species. The most important part of grouper fishing is getting those first few cranks on the reel when the strike comes to keep it out of its hole. For Gag Grouper fishing in the Gulf, it’s important to note what county you’re embarking from. This is important to keep in mind as there are different regulations for what’s in season and what you can harvest depending on if you’re in state or federal waters. Grouper season is here, so be ready to crank on those reels. Become a valued customer by, the CCA Curtis Bostick Artificial Reef in 100 feet of water 12 miles southeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet, St. Lucie County reveals coordinates for new artificial reef, A life of tumult turns around at Vero Beach for star senior safety, Class 3A state golf: Vero Beach's Hassell tied for lead after first day, Goose eggs galore: Martin County earns another shutout win, Jensen Beach, Vero Beach face tough tests in regional volleyball finals, Bonefish spawned in captivity reveals reproductive mystery, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy.

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