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Know your redfish regulations, Buster!

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Effective September 1, 2022: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new management regions and regulation changes for redfish in state waters:

  • Establishes nine redfish management regions.
  • Prohibits captain and crew from retaining a bag limit of redfish when on a for-hire trip.
  • Reduces the off-the-water transport limit from six to four fish per person.
  • Reduces the vessel limit in each of the management regions to be:Panhandle, Big Bend, Northeast: four fish.Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Southwest, Southeast: two fish.
  • Allows only catch-and-release fishing for redfish in the Indian River Lagoon region.
  • Sets the bag limit to one fish in the Panhandle, Big Bend, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast regions.This is a reduction to the bag limit in the Northeast region.