Fishing limits and regulations for Sanibel island

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Some of the more popular fishing spots for non-boaters are the Sanibel causeway, the Sanibel/Captiva bridge and the fishing pier on the bay side of the lighthouse. Adults are required to buy a license, so while picking up the live shrimp at the bait shop on Periwinkle, better pick up a license as well. Here are some limits.

 
MINIMUM
CLOSED
DAILY
 
SPECIES
LENGTH
SEASON
LIMIT
REMARKS
         
Cobia (ling)
33" at fork
none
2 per person
Must remain whole until ashore;
         
Crab-blue
n/a
none
10 gallons
Saltwater license required;
     
whole
Restricted species;Maximum of
       
5 traps.
         
Crab-stone
2-3/4"
5/15 to
1 gallon per
Saltwater license required;
 
claw
10/15
person
Restricted species.
         
Flounder
12"
none
10 per
Restricted species;
     
person
May use spears.
         
Grouper
20"
none
5 of all
Restricted species; Nassau .
     
species
grouper and Jewfish prohibited.
     
per person
 
         
Mackerel-
20" at fork
none
2 per person
Restricted species; Call FL
king
     
Marine Patrol for details.
         
Mackerel-
12" at fork
none
10 per person
Restricted species; Transfer to
Spanish
     
other vessels prohibited.
         
Mullet
none
none
50 per person
Restricted species.
     
per vessel
 
         
Oysters
none
7/1 to
2 bags per
Harvest from approved areas;
   
9/30
person
Call FL Marine Patrol for
     
per vessel
details.
         
Permit and
between 10"
none
10 per person
Restricted species; May
Pompano
and 20"
   
possess one fish over 20".
         
Red Drum
between 18"
none
1 per person
Restricted species; Gigging,
(Redfish)
and 27"
   
spearing, and snatching
       
prohibited.
         
Scallops
none
9/11 to
2 gallons
Only in certain waters; Call FL
(bay)
 
6/30
whole; 1 pint
Marine Patrol for details.
     
meat
 
         
Shark
none
none
1 per person;
Protected species; No finning or
     
2 per vessel
fileting at sea.
         
Snapper-
10"
none
5 per person
Restricted species; No more
mangrove
     
than 10 of all snappers.
         
Snapper-red
16"
11/1 to
4 per person
Restricted species; No more
   
4/14
 
than 10 of all snappers.
         
Snook
between 26"
12/15 to
2 per person
Permit required; Illegal to buy or
 
and 34"
1/30;
 
sell.
   
6/1 to
   
   
8/31
   
         
Tarpon
none
none
2 per person
Requires tarpon tag; Illegal
       
to buy or sell.