Tilefish, Sand

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

Notice to anglers: regulations on this page are location specific. Depending on your location, you could be in multiple regulation areas. To ensure you're looking at regulations based on your current location or latitude/longitude, Download the Fish Rules App and enable location services for the best and most accurate experience.

Download for Android

Download for iOS

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. No closed season.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

    ----------
    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    Size Limit: None
    Trip Limit: None
    Part of the Deepwater Complex
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Sand Tilefish Commercial Regulations

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. No bag limit.
    Any private recreational fishing vessel, charter boat or head boat, must obtain a Tilefish and Grouper Landing Permit, for that vessel, from the Marine Resources Commission in order to possess aboard, or land any tilefish or grouper, harvested recreationally.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Additional Notes
    Sand tilefish, blueline tilefish, and golden tilefish are included in the 3 grouper aggregate bag limit.

    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent FF-Snapper-Grouper recreational proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Aggregate Information Name: Tilefish Limit: 7

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

For a list of official country and state regulations, visit here