Current Fish in Season in Tampa Bay

Gag Grouper

Here at Poseidon Charters, we love all kinds of fishing! But there is something extra special about being able to fill our clients’ coolers up with meat for them to take home. You would be hard-pressed to find a better feeling than enjoying a yummy fish dinner of the catch you reeled in just hours earlier! That being said, different types of fish are in season at different times of the year, so we put together a list of some of our favorite inshore and offshore fish that are in season in Tampa Bay and the gulf right now.

Inshore Fish in Season

  • Redfish: 1 per angler per day between 18-27”. Redfish season is now open year round!

  • Speckled Trout (aka: Spotted Seatrout): 3 per angler per day between 15-19”. Each vessel is allowed one over 19” per day.

  • Spanish Mackerel: 15 per angler per day with a 12” minimum length.

  • Jack Crevalle: Considered an “unregulated species” with a recreational harvest limit of 100 pounds per day.

  • Blacktip Shark: 1 per angler or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less. No minimum size limit.

Offshore Fish in Season

  • Snapper: All species of Snapper are included in a 10 fish per angler per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of Snapper species. Red Snapper have a 16” minimum, Mangrove and Vermillion Snapper have a 10” minimum, and Yellowtail Snapper has a 12” minimum.

  • Gag Grouper: 2 per angler per day with a 24” minimum. Their season is open June 1st - December 31st each year.

  • Cobia: 1 per angler, not to exceed 2 per vessel, per day with a 33” fork length minimum.

  • Tripletail: 2 per angler per day with an 18” minimum.

  • Hogfish: 5 per angler per day with a 14” fork length minimum.

Further rules and regulations can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website or by downloading the Florida Saltwater Recreational 2022 Fishing Regulations PDF below.

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