Florida is once again allowing amberjack and triggerfish to be caught.
As of August 1, 2014, Florida amberjack and triggerfish season is open, letting recreational anglers go after the prized game fish. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reopened the greater amberjack season on the same day as federal waters, but federal water gray triggerfish can’t be harvested until Dec. 31.
In both state and federal Gulf waters, greater amberjack must be larger than 30 inches when measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail to be harvested when the season is open. There is a daily bag limit of one fish per person.
Gray triggerfish must be larger than 14 inches when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail to be taken in state and federal Gulf waters when the season is open. There is a two-fish daily bag limit per person.
Closing harvest seasons for amberjack and triggerfish let the FWC maintain the valuable fish populations, and balance the recreational with commercial fishing industries.
Gulf of Mexico state waters extend nine nautical miles from shore. For more, check out the FWC’s saltwater recreational fishing regulations.