Texas Saltwater License and limits

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    Texas isn't like Hawaii that is for sure.


    License Fees

    Resident:
    Freshwater Package:$30
    Saltwater Package:$35
    All-Water Package:$40
    Senior Freshwater Package:$12
    Senior Saltwater Package:$17
    Senior All-Water Package:$22
    Special Resident All-Water License (for legally blind):$7
    Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package:$47
    One-Day All-Water License$11

    Non-Resident:
    Freshwater Package:$58
    Saltwater Package:$63
    All-Water Package:$68
    One-Day All-Water License:$16
    Please note that if you own any valid freshwater fishing package, you will be able to purchase a saltwater stamp endorsement, and conversely, if you own any valid saltwater fishing package you will be able to purchase a freshwater stamp endorsement.

    Fishing Stamp Endorsements

    Freshwater Fishing Stamp Endorsement
    Type 256:$5
    This stamp endorsement is required in addition to a valid fishing license if you take or attempt to take fish in the public fresh waters of Texas. If you are not required to hold a fishing license, or if you hold a lifetime combination or lifetime fishing license, this stamp endorsement is not required. A freshwater fishing stamp is included in freshwater and all-water fishing packages.

    Saltwater Fishing Stamp Endorsement
    Type 211:$10
    This stamp endorsement is required in addition to a valid fishing license if you take or attempt to take fish in the public salt water of Texas. If you are not required to hold a fishing license, or if you hold a lifetime combination or lifetime fishing license, this stamp endorsement is not required. A red drum tag shall be issued at no additional charge with each saltwater fishing stamp endorsement. A saltwater fishing stamp is included in saltwater and all-water fishing packages.

    tagging information.

    Bonus Red Drum Tag
    Type 599:$3
    This tag is required for an individual to take an additional red drum per license year over the maximum length limit of 28 inches. Bonus tag can be purchased at any license sales location upon presenting a valid fishing license or other valid personal identification. Only one bonus tag allowed per person per year.

    Saltwater Trotline Tag
    Type 307:$5
    Required for each 300 feet, or fraction thereof, on all non-commercial trotlines and sail lines placed in the coastal waters of Texas. Available at TPWD Coastal Law Enforcement offices.

    Individual Bait-shrimp Trawl Tag
    Type 334:$37
    Required for trawls used to take shrimp for any purpose under a recreational license. Available at TPWD Coastal Law Enforcement offices.


    Buy License here:
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulat...icenses/fishing-licenses-stamps-tags-packages

    Texas Bag and Length limits:
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulat...water-fishing/saltwater-bag-and-length-limits


    Alligator Gar
    Daily Bag:1
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    No limit - No limit
    Bass
    Striped, its hybrids and subspecies
    Daily Bag: 5 (in any combination)
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    18 - No limit
    Black Drum
    Daily Bag: 5
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    14 - 30
    No more than one black drum over 52 inches may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag limit and possession limit.

    Blue Marlin
    Daily Bag: No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    131 - No limit
    Catfish
    Channel and blue catfish, their hybrids and subspecies
    Daily Bag: 25 (in any combination)
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    12 - No limit
    Flathead
    Daily Bag:
    5
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    18 - No limit
    Gafftopsail
    Daily Bag:
    No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    14 - no limit
    Cobia
    Daily Bag: 2
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    37 - No limit
    Flounder
    All species, their hybrids and subspecies
    Daily Bag: 5/2 (see below)
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    14 - No limit
    Daily bag is 5 fish except from Nov. 1-30, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken only by pole-and-line; and from December 1-14, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken by any legal means. Possession limit is equal to the daily bag.

    Gag Grouper
    Daily Bag:2
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    22 - No limit
    Goliath Grouper
    (formerly called Jewfish)
    Daily Bag: 0 (catch and release only)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Daily Bag: 20
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    16 - No limit
    Greater Amberjack
    Daily Bag: 1
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    34 - No limit
    King Mackerel
    Daily Bag: 2
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    27 - No limit
    Lane Snapper
    Daily Bag: No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    8 - No limit
    Mullet
    All species, their hybrids and subspecies
    Daily Bag: No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    No limit - 12 (see below)
    May not take from public waters, or possess on board a boat, mullet over 12 inches during October, November, December, and January. No limits apply during other months.

    Red Drum
    Daily Bag: 3
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    20 - 28
    During a license year, one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Red Drum Tag and one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Bonus Red Drum Tag. Any fish retained under authority of a Red Drum Tag or a Bonus Red Drum Tag may be retained in addition to the daily bag and possession limit as stated in this section.

    Red Snapper
    Daily Bag: 4
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    15 - No limit
    Red snapper may be taken using pole and line, but it is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook when using natural bait.

    Sailfish
    Daily Bag: No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    84 - No limit
    Certain areas may be temporarily closed to alligator gar fishing when optimum spawning conditions occur.

    Sharks
    Note: the daily bag limit is 1 fish for all allowable shark species including Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, and bonnethead. See Shark Regulations for identification tips.

    Get details.
    Shark Regulations for identification tips.

    Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, bonnethead
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)24 - No limit
    Other allowable shark species
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)64 - No limit
    Prohibited species
    Prohibited shark species: Atlantic angel, Basking, Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye sixgill, Bigeye thresher, Bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, Dusky, Galapagos, Longfin mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Sevengill, Silky, Sixgill, Smalltail, Whale, and White.
    Daily Bag:0 (catch and release only)
    Sheepshead
    Daily Bag:5
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    15 - No limit
    Snook
    Daily Bag:1
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    24 - 28
    Spanish Mackerel
    Daily Bag:25
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    14 - No limit
    Spotted Seatrout
    Daily Bag:
    All waters north of FM 457 in Matagorda County - 10

    All waters south of FM 457 - 5
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    15 - 25
    No more than one spotted seatrout over the stated maximum length may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag and possession limit.

    Tarpon
    Daily Bag:1
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    85 - No limit
    Tripletail
    Daily Bag:3
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    17 - No limit
    Vermilion Snapper
    Daily Bag:No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    10 - No limit
    White Marlin
    Daily Bag:No limit
    Length in Inches (Minimum - Maximum)
    86 - No limit
     

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