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Jon Dodrill holds a gray triggerfish caught off Panama City April 3, 2012. This photo was taken on a tagging trip. By Amanda Nalley

The recreational gray triggerfish season reopens to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters on March 1 and will remain open through May 31, closing June 1 through July 31 for an annual spawning season closure.

If you plan to fish for gray triggerfish in Gulf state or federal waters (excluding Monroe County) from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal is required).

To learn more, visit and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “State Reef Fish Survey” under “Reef Fish.” Sign up today at

Learn more about gray triggerfish regulations at by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Triggerfish,” which is under the “Reef Fish” tab.

Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat