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How to measure fish

There are two ways to measure a fish, Fork Length and Total Length. 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. Total Length Max is measured from the most forward point of the head, with the mouth closed, to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed.

For diagrams and more details, click here.

Spearfishing Regulations

Spearing is defined as “the catching or taking of a fish by bowhunting, gigging, spearfishing, or any device used to capture a fish by piercing its body. Spearing does not include the catching or taking of a fish by a hook with hook and line gear or by snagging (snatch hooking).” The use of powerheads, bangsticks, and rebreathers remains prohibited.

Each U.S. state has specific regulations for spearfishing. To find out about spearfishing regulations in your state, do a web search for the following:

State + Spearfishing + Regulations

For Florida regulations, click here.

For general fishing regulations for every state, click here.

For outside the U.S., do a web search for the following:

Country + Spearfishing + Regulations