Alabama Gulf Coast Fishing

Alabama Gulf Coast Fishing

Saltwater Fishing Information for the Alabama Gulf Coast, Inshore and Offshore

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Bag and Length Limits for Saltwater Fish

Alabama State Waters - Federal Waters

Creel and Length Limits

Statewide Creel and Length Limits for Saltwater Fish
Species Daily Creel Limit Length in Inches
(Minimum-Maximum)
Amberjack, Greater **** 1 per Person 30" min FL
Amberjack, Lesser *** 14” - 22” FL
Banded Rudderfish *** 14” - 22” FL
Striped Bass * 2 per Person * 16" min TL
Cobia (Ling) 2 per Person 33" min FL
Red Drum (Redfish) 3 per Person 1 Oversized 16" min TL - 26" max TL
Flounder 10 per Person 12” min TL
Florida Pompano 3 per Person 12" min TL
Gag Grouper ** **** 2 per Person ** 22" min TL
Red Grouper ** **** 2 per Person ** 20" min TL
Black Grouper ** **** 4 per Person ** 22" min TL
Yellowfin Grouper ** **** 4 per Person ** 20" min TL
Scamp 4 per Person ** 16" min TL
Mackerel, King 2 per Person 24" min FL
Mackerel, Spanish 15 per Person None
Spotted Seatrout 10 per Person 14" min TL
Gray Snapper (mangrove, black) 10 per Person 12" min TL
Lane Snapper *** 8" min TL
Red Snapper **** 2 per Person 16" min TL
Vermilion Snapper *** 10" min TL
Tarpon $50.00 tag required to harvest each Tarpon 60" min TL
Triggerfish, gray *** 14" min FL
Tripletail (Blackfish) 3 per Person 16" min TL
Bigeye Tuna No Creel Limit 27" min CFL
Yellowfin Tuna No Creel Limit 27" min CFL
Sharks    
•  Atlantic Sharpnose 1 per Person per Day None
•  Bonnethead Shark 1 per Person per Day None
•  All Other Shark Species 1 per Person per Day 54" FL (30” dressed)

* Only 2 Striped Bass are allowed with MRD jurisdiction

** Mixed species grouper aggregate creel limit : 4 per person (only 2 red grouper and 2 gag grouper may be included in grouper aggregate)

*** Reef fish aggregate: There is a twenty (20) fish aggregate creel limit for reef fish species ( for example, gray triggerfish, lane snapper, etc.) for which there is no other creel limit.

**** Alabama state waters open and close along with federal regulations.

Fish Measurement

Prohibited Species: Goliath grouper (jewfish), Nassau grouper, Atlantic angel shark, Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye thresher, Bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, Galapogos shark, Narrowtooth shark, Night shark, Sevengill shark, Sixgill shark, Dusky shark, Longfin mako, Sand tiger, Basking shark, Whale shark, White shark, Nurse shark, Smalltail shark, Smalltooth sawfish, Largetooth sawfish, Spotted eagle ray, Atlantic manta.

State/Federal Boundary: State waters extend into the Gulf of Mexico 3 miles south of Alabama’s coastline from Florida westward along the Fort Morgan peninsula and Dauphin Island to Mississippi; however, the line bulges southward 3 miles from Sand Island. Mississippi and Florida also require saltwater fishing licenses. Florida’s state waters extend 9 miles from the coast. You can be fined for straying into another state’s waters with fish caught in Alabama or federal waters.

State/Federal Waters Demarcation Line

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