Grouper season opens in Atlantic, Monroe Co. May 1

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Grouper season opens May 1 in Monroe County and the Atlantic.

On the first day of May, Florida Fish & Wildlife says the following species are in season: gag, black, red, yellowmouth and yellowfin, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney and graysby.

Grouper season runs until January 1, 2018.

There are some rules - all of which can be found here, including what constitutes state and federal waters.

Two important ones: 

- Recreational anglers have a limit of three groupers per person per day; in that limit, they can have only one gag or black grouper -
 not both!

- Both commercial and recreational boats need to have dehooking tools aboard, to remove hooks from reef fish, including Atlantic grouper

Good luck, anglers!