FWC's Fishing in the Know - September 2018


September 2018

FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

Sometimes it’s better to carefully remove the hook so a fish can be released, and other times it’s best to cut the line as close to the hook as possible while the fish is in the water – especially if it’s large or agitated.


Dan Casey holds a flounder that won him an inshore grand slam as part of the Catch a Florida Memory angler recognition program. Visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com to learn more about how you can win recognition and prizes for your catches.

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2018 Lionfish Summit

Sign up today at MyFWC.com/Lionfish Summit

Information: Join the conversation about the future of lionfish research, management and outreach at the 2018 Lionfish Summit, Oct. 2-4 in Cocoa Beach.

The summit will feature presentations from marine fisheries management staff, dive professionals, researchers and ocean conservationists.

View the agenda or sign up to attend at MyFWC.com/LionfishSummit.

Book your room at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront using the group code FWLION before Sept. 2 to get a discounted rate.

For questions, email Lionfish@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554.

Links for more information:

Lionfish Summit [MyFWC.com]

Red tide regulations update 

Snook and red drum are catch-and-release only in some Gulf state waters

Information: Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. The Commission will evaluate next steps at the Sept. 26-27 meeting in Tallahassee.

Links for more information:

Red Tide [MyFWC.com]

Executive Order [MyFWC.com]

Map [MyFWC.com]

redfish snook EO map

Commission Meeting – September

Information: The FWC Commission will listen to public testimony on and discuss several marine fisheries management items at the Sept. 26-27 meeting in Tallahassee. Please visit MyFWC.com and click on “FWC Commission Meetings” and the link under “Next Meeting” to see the agenda

Links for more information:

Agenda [MyFWC.com]


Gulf and Atlantic season opens Sept. 1 in most waters

Information: Snook will open to recreational harvest Sept. 1 in most Gulf and all Atlantic state waters. Snook remains catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area.  

The FWC encourages all anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home from the open areas. When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure your fish’s survival and the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Links for more information:

Snook [MyFWC.com] 


Two regions close to harvest this month

Information: The last day of bay scallop harvest in all state waters from the Fenholloway River in Taylor County through Dixie County is Sept. 10. The last day for bay scallop harvest in all state waters from Franklin County through the Fenholloway River in Taylor County and in Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties is Sept. 24.

The last day of bay scallop harvest in Gulf County, including St. Joseph Bay, is Sept. 30.

Links for more information:

Scallops [MyFWC.com]


2018 Lionfish Challenge

Last day to submit tails and tagged-lionfish is Sept. 3 

Information: The 2018 Lionfish Challenge ends Sept. 3. FWC-tagged lionfish can be found off the following counties: Bay, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Pinellas, St. Johns and Volusia. Other prizes will be awarded for lionfish removal, tagged or not. Participants who remove the most lionfish in the recreational and commercial categories will be crowned the 2018 Recreational Lionfish King/Queen and the Commercial Champion. Register today or learn more about the program at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

Links for more information:

Lionfish Challenge [MyFWC.com]

Challenge Promotional Video [YouTube.com/FWCSaltwaterFishing]

Gag grouper

Fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

Information: The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

All other Gulf state and federal waters are open June 1 through Dec. 31.

Links for more information:

Grouper [MyFWC.com]

FWC needs your feedback

Information: FWC is collecting feedback on several fisheries issues including shore-based shark fishing, trap fisheries, shrimp, and bay scallops.

Provide comments on these or other fisheries online at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

Link for more information:

Saltwater Comments [MyFWC.com]

Angler recognition logo

Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs

Catch a Florida Memory today

Information: These three programs encourage anglers to fish ethically while earning rewards for their efforts.

  • Saltwater Fish Life List: A list of 71 different species. Can you catch them all?
  • Saltwater Reel Big Fish: Recognition for extraordinarily-sized catches.
  • Saltwater Grand Slams: Earn rewards for catching three different specified species in a 24-hour period.

FWC also manages the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program.

    Link for more information:



    2018 Lionfish Summit

    Red tide regulations update

    Commission meeting - September



    2018 Lionfish Challenge

    Gag grouper

    FWC needs your feedback

    Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs



    September - October

    State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf and from shore to 3 nautical miles in the Atlantic.  

    Sept. 1 – Snook opens in most state waters

    Sept. 1 – Gag grouper (4-county) opens

    Sept. 1 – Oyster (Dixie, Wakulla, Levy) opens

    Sept. 11 – Scallops (SE Taylor/Dixie) closes

    Sept. 25 – Scallops (Franklin-NW Taylor & Levy, Citrus & Hernando) closes

    Oct. 1 – Scallops (Gulf County) closes

    Oct. 15 – Stone crab opens



    Tristan Lennard with his 2018 Lionfish Challenge catch. Learn more at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.


    September - October

     Lionfish Events Calendar 

    Sept. 1 – Saltwater License-free Fishing

    Sept. 8 – Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Daytona

    Sept. 15 – Women’s Fishing Clinic - Ocala

    Sept. 26-27 – Commission Meeting - Tallahassee

    Oct. 2-4 – Lionfish Summit – Cocoa Beach


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