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REGULATIONS

Here's a brief synopsis of Florida's saltwater fishing regulations. (See page 22 for further information.) For a complete list, contact the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI) Office of Education & Information at (813) 896-8626. Ask for Fishing Lines: The Newsletter.

FLOUNDER: Size limit, 12 inches; no closed season; bag limit 10 per person per day; may be harvested with a gig.

RED DRUM (REDFISH): Size limit, not less than 18 or more than 27 inches; no closed season; bag limit one per person per day; gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited. Illegal to buy or sell native red drum.

SHEEPSHEAD: Size limit, 12 inches; no closed season; bag limit 15 per person per day; may not be harvested by gig.

SNOOK: size limit, not less than 24 or more than 34 inches; closed season, Dec. 15-Jan. 31, June, July and August; bag limit two per person per day; illegal to possess more than one over 34 inches. Illegal to buy or sell. Snook stamp required.

TARPON: No size limit; no closed season; bag limit two per person per day; illegal to buy or sell, requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or kill.

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