Fishing & Boating

Gag grouper rec harvest opens July in Manatee, Sarasota waters

MANATEE — Gag grouper will open July 1 for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Manatee and Sarasota counties, and all Gulf federal waters.

The season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties the same day.The gag grouper recreational harvest season runs through Dec. 3.

In state and federal Gulf waters, the gag grouper recreational harvest minimum size limit is 22 inches total length and the daily bag limit is two gag grouper per person within the four-fish grouper aggregate limit.