Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably noticed that a lot of people are moving to northeast Florida. More people fishing and boating in the Guana, Tolomato, Matanzas watershed has resulted in more pressure on our local fisheries. In order to sustain a healthy fishery, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new redfish management regions and regulation changes for redfish in state waters. These new redfish regulations will go into effect on September 1, 2022. Check out what has changed and what has stayed the same.
These regulation changes, which go into effect Sept. 1, 2022, will:
- Establish nine redfish management regions. (The Guana, Tolomato, Matanzas watershed is located in the Northeast region.)
- Prohibit captain and crew from retaining a bag limit of redfish when on a for-hire trip.
- Reduce the off-the-water transport limit from six to four fish per person.
- Reduce 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.
- Allow only catch-and-release fishing for redfish in the Indian River Lagoon region.
- Set the bag limit to one fish in the Panhandle, Big Bend, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast regions.
The slot limit for the northeast region will stay the same (not less than 18" no more than 27" total length).
Tight lines, y'all!