Red Drum

Shape

Synonyms

Channel Bass,Redfish,Spottail Bass

Edibility

Very Good

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    Harvest and possession prohibited.

  • Additional Notes
    Harvest prohibited in federal waters.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Max Size: 26 in Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    One trophy fish (greater than 26 inches) allowed in the 3 redfish per angler limit.
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

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  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Max Size: 28 in Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    During a license year, 1 red drum over the stated maxiumum length limit may be retained when affixed with a propertly completed Red Drum Tag and one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Bonus Red Drum Tag. Any fish retained under authority of a Red Drum Tag or a Bonus Red Drum Tag may be retained in addition to the daily bag and possession limit.

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  • Bag Limit 2

  • Vessel Limit 6

  • Measurements Max Size: 23 in Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    May only be taken by rod and reel and gig.
    Cannot be harvested by gig in January, February, or December.
    May not be harvested from federal waters.

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  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Max Size: 23 in Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year around. No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

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  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. No possession limit for red drum less than 27 inches total length.
    Red drum greater than 27 inches shall not be possessed.
    Open season all year.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Max Size: 26 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Release Citation 46 inches

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Max Size: 30 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational fishermen may retain only one red drum over 30 inches.
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited. Unlawful to gig, spear, or gaff. Unlawful to posess redfish greater than 27 inches total length.

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 8

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots.
    6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.
    Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 8

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots.
    6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.
    Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore.
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

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  • Bag Limit 2

  • Vessel Limit 8

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots.
    6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.
    Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 8

  • Measurements Max Size: 27 in Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Through May 10, 2019 redfish and snook are catch-and-release only in all state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County.
    For more information, see 2018 Red Tide.
    Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots.
    6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.
    Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore
    Harvest in federal waters prohibited.

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  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    Through May 31, 2020 redfish are catch-and-release only in all state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County. For more information, see 2019 Red Tide.

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