Gag Grouper season opens June 1st and ends December 31st. It is open for recreational harvest in all federal waters and most state Gulf of Mexico waters. 

Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, and Jefferson counties are excluded because they have their own season from April 1-June 30 and Sept. 1-Dec. 31. Monroe County is also excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic state season.

To fish for Gag Grouper, you need to be signed up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal required) visit and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Reef Fish Survey” under “Reef Fish.” Sign up today at

Federal waters start nine nautical miles out and extend 200 out. Gulf state waters end where federal waters begin. 

 Gag Groupers limit is 24 inches total length with a bag limit of 2 fish per person with a total boat limit of 4.  

Learn more about grouper at by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”

Photo provided by the FWC