Key West Snapper Regulations Gulf And Atlantic Recreational

Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and Mangrove Snapper (aka Grey Snapper) are all included in the ten snapper limit per person in both Atlantic and Gulf waters. Mutton Snapper are one of the larger snapper species, and to take these fish they must measure at least 16″ to the tail. Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper each must measure at least 12″ total length to keep. As their name suggests, Mangrove Snapper are found mainly in inshore waters, around structure and mangroves. Yellowtails are primarily found at the reef in large numbers and are a lot of fun to catch. All of these species are excellent table fare. Currently there is no closed season for any of these snapper species, but like their cousin the Red Snapper, if their numbers seem to dwindle, a season will surely be imposed.

So, do your fishing responsibly and only keep as much as you plan on eating for a night or two, and practice catch and release as much as possible to ensure these fish will be available to us in the future for both food and sport.

These are the same regulations that we follow on everyone of our charters here at Dream Catcher Charters.

About Capt. Steven Lamp
Dr Catcher Is - Capt. Steven Lamp - Owner of Dream Catcher Charters is a veteran Key West fishing guide for flats fishing, deep sea fishing, wrecks and reef fishing, and fly fishing. An expert waterman and licensed captain since 1986. A Veteran of the United States Coast Guard Heavy Weather Search and Rescue, I.G.F.A. Certified Captain and Standing regional board member of The Florida Fishing Guides Association