Commercial Regulations for Flounder

Gulf Flounder

Flounder: Paralichthys albigutta (Gulf Flounder)

Commercial Regulations: 

*Note-The following regulations also apply to P. lethostigma (Southern flounder), P.  dentatus (summer flounder) and Etropus crossotus (fringed flounder).

RegulationsGulf State WatersAtlantic State Waters

Minimum Size Limit

 12” total length

Daily Bag Limit

 None – 50 lbs bycatch shrimp trawls 


License Requirements: Not a Mobile-Enabled Link Saltwater Products License (SPL), Restricted Species Endorsement (RS) 

Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net
  • Illegal Gear: harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait; snatching prohibited

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Flounder inhabit a wide variety of coastal habitats including brackish water, tidal creeks, bays, estuaries, beaches, muddy or sandy bottoms and near-shore rocky bottoms. Anglers generally use light spinning tackle and often target flounder close to shoreline structure including stumps, dock piles, seawalls and bridge piles, which are good points of ambush. While flounder can be caught with a wide variety of natural or artificial baits, most anglers prefer to use live mud minnows, live finger mullet, live or frozen shrimp, cut bait or jigs. Flounder are ambush predators that feed primarily by sight - so it is often helpful to periodically bump the bait across the bottom to make it more visible. Flounder can also be taken with a gig in shallow waters, especially at night with the use of a lantern.

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