Well it was in the works for nearly 5 years now, the bag limit for Barracudas is a reality. This is a fish that is thought to be a great game fish by many and a pest by many others. It is not unusual for one to loose a fine fish to one of these sharp toothed predators. Barracudas often cut fishing line when wire is not used. Many people just catch them and throw them on the deck, some use it as bait, and some like to eat it and risk ciguatera. As more and more people begin to call South Florida their home we are seeing a decline in our fish population. FWC is working to create many closures and changes on regulations such as the new talked about Hogfish and Yellow Tail snapper regulations and closures. There is even talk about increasing sanctuary designations around Key Biscayne National Park all the way to the Dry Tortugas. Keep informed as regulations are changing on the whim and you might unknowingly end up breaking the law in Florida. Before fishing take a look at http://www.myfwc.com website for up to date regulations not shown on the distributed prints at local baits shops and other stores. From an FWC email:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its Sept. 3 meeting in Fort Lauderdale approved new recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda for waters off south Florida.
The changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only, and will include a:
- Recreational and commercial daily bag limit of two fish per person and
- Recreational and commercial daily vessel limit of six fish per vessel.
These new limits will be effective Nov. 1, 2015.
A Barracuda I caught a couple of years back.
If You Didn’t Know Report Federal Waters will open for a short 3 day season starting August 23 2013.
The Following was extracted from the FWC Website:
Update: NOAA Fisheries recently announced the 2013 season dates for Atlantic red snapper in federal waters. Red snapper will open for one three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) beginning August 23 and continuing through August 25. The bag limit will remain at one fish per person per day and there will be no minimum size limit.
Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic
Atlantic Red Snapper Season
Bag Limit: 2 fish per person per day
Min. Size limit: 20″
Gear rules apply.
Circle Hooks: use non-stainless steel circle hooks when natural baits are used.
Dehooking Devices: required to possess and use a dehooking device to remove hooks embedded in reef fish with minimal damage.
Venting Tools: require fishers on all vessels fishing for reef fish to possess and use a venting tool to deflate the swimbladders of reef fish to help release the fish with minimum damage.
New 2013 season: Open Aug. 23-25
Bag limit: 1 fish per person/per day
Min. Size limit: None
Note: During the federal recreational red snapper season opening, recreational anglers will be able to transit from open federal waters through state waters but vessels possessing red snapper under 20” must travel through state waters without stopping and must have fishing gear stowed. If stopped and fishing in a closed area, it will be prima facie evidence that any red snapper under 20” on board were harvested at the location where the vessel is stopped.