The big one for me will be Hogfish. Right now they have to be 12 inches long and you get five per person. Hook and line fishing for Hogfish has never been a slam dunk. You get a few every now and again and on a slack current you can occasionally limit out, but that is pretty much a front page find of day. Most Hogfish are taken by divers because they are just plain stupid, the Hogfish, and a diver with a commercial license could load up on a good day. Now, the powers at be want to change the limits to one fish per person at least 16" long, which is really going to suck on a slow day when Porgies and Hogfish are about the only game in town. When that goes into effect is up in the air and there might even be a closed season because people creating regulations don't really have much better to do.
Grouper of course closes January 1 through April because Gag grouper are supposedly hammered someplace north of here and Red Grouper are under pressure north of here in the Gulf. The closures are based on typical spawning times for the northern fish, but since spawning is driven by water temperature and moon phase, Keys fish wander down a different path spawning wise. So as usual the regulation are designed for someplace else and enforced in the Keys where there is about 200 times as many charter and recreational anglers. Since the regulators are sadistic little bastards, they close all grouper in the Keys pretty much because they can.
So this is probably the last Red Grouper for a while.
Now, "easier to catch" generally means that there are lots of fish, not a shortage of fish. However, liberal arts majors, a guestimated quota based on landings during a bygone era of people just fishing isn't going to be that useful if you don't allow for the impact of knee jerk over regulation forcing a shift in fishing pressure.
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