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South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Bag Limit Regulations

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Anglers should be prepared for certain saltwater fish that have a daily bag limit in the state of South Carolina. These fish below are all regulated as to how many of them can be possessed by an angler, with some of them restricted from being possessed.

Possession Restricted

These fish all have a restriction on them and cannot be possessed.

Striped Bass, Hybrid Bass - Prohibited during June 1st to September 30, all other times the limit is 3 per day unless in Savannah River where the bag limit is 2 per day.

Saltwater Catfish - These are prohibited to be possessed.

Warsaw and Speckled Hind - Prohibited.

Goliath and Nassau Grouper - These are not allowed to be possessed.

Longbill Spearfish and Roundscale Spearfish - Unable to be possessed.

Red Snapper - There is a restriction on being able to possess red snapper.

Saltwater Bag Limits

Black Drum - The bag limit for these fish are five a day per person.

Bluefish - There is a 15 per person per day bag limit for these fish.

Herring - You are allowed one bushel per person per day.

American Shad - There is a limit of 10 per day with the exception of Santee River and Rediversion Canal where the limit is 20 per day per person.

Spotted Seatrout - There is a 10 per person per day bag limit on these fish.

Tarpon - There is one tarpon per person per day for the bag limit.

Weakfish - The bag limit for these fish is set at one per day.

Greater Amberjack - The limit on these fish is set at one per person in April and one per vessel.

Spadefish - There is a limit of 20 per person per day.

Red Drum - The bag limit is three per day in state waters and zero in federal waters.

Flounder - There is a 20 per person per day bag limit with a 40 per boat limit except for the Pawleys Inlet waters where there is a 10 per person limit and 20 per boat limit.

Seabass - There is a five per person daily bag limit on seabass.

Red porgy - There is a three per person per day limit.

Vermillion Snapper - There is a five per person per day limit.

Cobia - There is a bag limit of two per person per day.

Dolphin - The bag limit is 10 per person and 60 per boat per day.

Wahoo - The limit placed on wahoo fish is set at two per person per day.

Spanish Mackerel - There is a 15 per day per person limit.

King Mackerel - There is a three per day limit per person for this fish.

Wreckfish and Bluefin Tuna- Limit is set for one per fishing vessel a day for each fish.

Yellowfin Tuna - There is a three per person per day bag limit.

Swordfish - There is a limit of one per person per day and four per vessel.

Silk, Queen, Lane, Mutton Snapper - These all have a 10 per person daily limit.

Black, Cubera, Dog, Yellowtail, Gray, Blackfin, Mahogany, and Schoolmaster - Limit is set at 10 per person per day.

Snowy Grouper - Limit is one per vessel and three grouper total per person per day.

Gag, Black, Scamp, Red, Yellowfin, and Yellowmouth Grouper - Three per person limit.

Golden Tilefish, Sand Tilefish, Blueline Tilefish, Misty Grouper - Three per person limit.

Yellowedge Grouper, Coney, Graspy, Red Hind, Rock Hind - Three per person limit.

Tina Samuels lived for 25 years in North Georgia in front of a creek that emptied into a river. She enjoyed fishing every chance she got, always practicing catch-and-release. If she listens carefully, she can still hear those waters.

Source:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/saltwaterfish.html

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