Fish I.D.

Total Length Measurement

Total Length is now measured from the most forward point of the head, with the mouth closed, to theĀ farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed, while the fish is lying on its side.

Fish Measurement Red Drum

Fish Measurement - Mutton Snapper

Fish Measurement Yellowmouth Grouper

Total Length Species Include:
Snapper Family Tripletail
Grouper Family Bonefish
Red Drum Sheepshead
Black Drum Flounder
Snook Several ornamentals
Spotted Seatrout (Angelfish, etc.)

Fork Length Measurement

Fish regulated by fork length are measured from the tip of the jaw or tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail.

Fish Measurement Spanish Mackerel

Fish Measurement Hogfish

Fish Measurement Gray Triggerfish

Fork Length Species Include:
Amberjacks Bluefish
Rudderfish King Mackerel
Hog Fish Spanish Mackerel
Dolphin Permit
Cobia Pompano
Mullet African Pompano

Lower Jaw Fork Length Measurement (Billfishes)

Fish regulated by lower jaw fork length are measured in a straight line from the anterior most part of the lower jaw (tip of the lower jaw) to the fork in the tail.

Fish Measurement Billfishes

Lower Jaw Fork Length Species Include:
Sailfish Blue Marlin
White Marlin