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Saltwater Bag and Length Limits

Bag and length limits apply to listed saltwater species. There are no bag, possession, or length limits on game or nongame fish, except as listed in this guide. See definitions of daily bag and possession limits.

Alligator Gar

Daily Bag:
1
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
No limit - No limit

 

Bass

Striped, its hybrids and subspecies

Daily Bag:
5 (in any combination)
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
18 - No limit

Black Drum

No more than one black drum over 52 inches may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag limit and possession limit.

Daily Bag:
5
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
14 - 30

Blue Marlin

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
131 - No limit

Catfish

Channel and blue catfish, their hybrids and subspecies

Daily Bag:
25 (in any combination)
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
12 - No limit

Flathead

Daily Bag:
5
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
18 - No limit

Gafftopsail

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
14 - no limit

Cobia

Daily Bag:
2
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
37 - No limit

Flounder

All species, their hybrids and subspecies

Special regulation: Daily bag is 5 fish except for the period Nov. 1-30 when the daily bag is 2 fish and flounder may be taken only by pole and line. Possession limit is equal to the daily bag.

Daily Bag:
5/2 (in any combination)
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
14 - No limit

Gag Grouper

Daily Bag:
2
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
22 - No limit

Goliath Grouper

(formerly called Jewfish)

Daily Bag:
0
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
Catch and release only

Gray Triggerfish

Daily Bag:
20
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
16 - No limit

Greater Amberjack

Daily Bag:
1
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
34 - No limit

King Mackerel

Daily Bag:
2
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
27 - No limit

Lane Snapper

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
8 - No limit

Mullet

All species, their hybrids and subspecies

May not take from public waters, or possess on board a boat, mullet over 12 inches during October, November, December, and January. No limits apply during other months.

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
No limit - 12 (during Oct., Nov., Dec. and Jan.)

Red Drum

 

Red drum special regulation: During a license year, one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Red Drum Tag and one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Bonus Red Drum Tag. Any fish retained under authority of a Red Drum Tag or a Bonus Red Drum Tag may be retained in addition to the daily bag and possession limit as stated in this section.

Daily Bag:
3
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
20 - 28

Red Snapper

Red snapper may be taken using pole and line, but it is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook when using natural bait.

Daily Bag:
4
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
15 - No limit

Sailfish

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
84 - No limit

Sharks

Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, bonnethead

Special Regulation: the daily bag limit is 1 fish for all allowable shark species including Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, and bonnethead.

Daily Bag:
1
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
24 - No limit

Other allowable shark species

Special Regulation: the daily bag limit is 1 fish for all allowable shark species including Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, and bonnethead.

Daily Bag:
1
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
64 - No limit

Prohibited species

Prohibited shark species: Atlantic angel, Basking, Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye sixgill, Bigeye thresher, Bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, Dusky, Galapagos, Longfin mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Sevengill, Silky, Sixgill, Smalltail, Whale, and White.

Daily Bag:
0
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
Catch and release only

Sheepshead

Daily Bag:
5
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
15 - No limit

Snook

Daily Bag:
1
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
24 - 28

Spanish Mackerel

Daily Bag:
15
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
14 - No limit

Spotted Seatrout

Special Regulation: For the Lower Laguna Madre, the daily bag limit and the possession limit shall be 5 fish in all inside waters south of marker 21 located inside the area known as the Land Cut. Inside waters are all bays, inlets, outlets, passes, rivers, streams, and other bodies of water landward from the shoreline of the state along the Gulf of Mexico and contiguous to, or connected with, but not a part of, the Gulf of Mexico and within which the tide regularly rises and falls.

No more than one spotted seatrout over the stated maximum length may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag and possession limit.

Daily Bag:
10
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
15 - 25

Tarpon

Daily Bag:
1
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
85 - No limit

Tripletail

Daily Bag:
3
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
17 - No limit

Vermilion Snapper

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
10 - No limit

White Marlin

Daily Bag:
No limit
Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
86 - No limit

 

For freshwater finfish species caught in the public salt waters of this state, statewide freshwater limits apply.


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