Fishing

White Marlin

Size Limit: 

66” min lower jaw fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

none

Highly Migratory Species: All owners/operators of vessels fishing recreationally for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit. Similar to Atlantic tunas permits, 2010 Atlantic HMS permits will be valid from the date of issuance through December 31, 2010.

Federal regulations currently require a federal HMS angling permit for all owners/operators of recreational vessels fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Those regulations also require an Atlantic HMS Charter/ Headboat permit for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For information contact the National Marine Fisheries Service Permitting Office at 1-888-USATUNA (1-888-872-8862) or visit NMFS Permit Shop at: http://www. nmfspermits.com/initialapp.asp.

Recreational tournament operators: A person conducting a tournament involving scorekeeping or awards for highly migratory species including Atlantic billfish, swordfish, tuna and sharks (whether or not retained), must register with the NOAA Fisheries Permit Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701 or by FAX to 727-824- 5398. The registration must be in writing, at least four weeks prior to commencement of tournament fishing. A tournament registration form is available upon request from the above address or can be requested by FAX to 727-824-5398. NOTE: Federal regulations currently require registration of all fishing tournaments involving the catch and/or landing of any HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

Size Limit: 

12” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

25 daily per person - bag; 15 daily per person with no more than two over 25” (in specified areas)

Two days’ bag limit allowed in possession off of the water, not while fishing or in a boat.

12” minimum total length. 25 fish per person daily bag limit. Except: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25” total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in southwestern Louisiana. Within those areas described here, including coastal territorial waters: south of Interstate 10 from its junction at the Texas- Louisiana boundary eastward to its junction with Louisiana Highway 171, south to Highway 14, and then south to Holmwood, and then south on Highway 27 through Gibbstown south to Louisiana Highway 82 at Creole and south on Highway 82 to Oak Grove, and then due south to the western shore of the Mermentau River, following this shoreline south to the junction with the Gulf of Mexico, and then due south to the limit of the state territorial sea, under the authority of the provisions of R. S. 56:325.1(A), the daily take and possession limit shall be 15 fish, regardless of where taken, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length. Those spotted seatrout exceeding 25” in length shall be considered as part of the daily recreational take and possession limit.

Striped Mullet

Size Limit: 

none

Bag and Posession Limit: 

100 lbs. daily

Spanish Mackerel

Size Limit: 

12” min fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

15 daily per person

Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.

King Mackerel

Size Limit: 

24” min fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

2 daily per person

Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.

King Mackerel

Size Limit: 

24” min fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

2 daily per person

Southern Flounder

Size Limit: 

none

Bag and Posession Limit: 

10 daily per person (for each consecutive day on
the water)

Red Drum (Redfish)

Size Limit: 

16” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily per person - bag 2
No more than one over 27” max total length

Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for a consecutive period of longer than 25 hours. Take or Possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

Two days’ bag limit allowed in possession off of the water, not while fishing or in a boat.

Sturgeon

Size Limit: 

n/a

Bag and Posession Limit: 

No legal harvest or possession

Shad

Size Limit: 

none

Bag and Posession Limit: 

50 pounds daily

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