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Gag season to open in most Gulf state waters

May 30, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters on June 1, remaining so through Dec. 31.

Gulf state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles; federal waters begin where state waters end and extend to 200 nautical miles.

The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total length, and the daily bag limit is two fish per person within the four grouper per person aggregate limit.

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If you plan to fish for gag grouper in Gulf state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler - annual renewal is required. Sign up today at To learn more, visit and click on "Saltwater Fishing," "Recreational Regulations" and "Gulf Reef Fish Survey" under "Reef Fish" tab.

State for-hire operators that do not have a federal reef fish permit and plan to target gag in Gulf state waters must have the State Gulf Reef Fish Charter designation on their license. Sign up at no cost at the local tax collector's office. Learn more at by clicking on "Recreational Regulations," "Reef Fish," "Snapper," and "Frequently Asked Questions."



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