Gulf Stock Characteristics

Current Federal Regulations:

Quota: 

    • Stock combined ACL for lesser amberjack, almaco jack, and banded rudderfish – 312,000 pounds

Recreational:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If the sum of commercial and recreational landings reach the stock complex ACL, then harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the year.
    • Size Limit:  14-22 inches fork length slot limit
    • Bag Limit: 5 within the 5 fish combined bag limit of banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack.
    • Permit/License:  State issued recreational license or Federal charter/headboat permit for reef fish
    • Gear:  Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.

Commercial:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If the sum of commercial and recreational landings reach the stock complex ACL, then harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the year.
    • Size Limit: 14-22 inches fork length slot limit
    • Trip Limit:  none
    • Permit:  Commercial vessel permit for reef fish is required. Additionally, an eastern Gulf reef fish bottom longline endorsement required to use bottom longline for Gulf reef fish in the federal waters east of 85°30′ longitude.
    • Gear:  Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.

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