As of this past Monday the bottom fishing has been closed completely, from north of Charleston SC to south of Melbourne, FL, 99 to 300' of water, which is where all the bottom fish live. Note that it is only closed to recreational anglers, not commercial I think the new administration is deliberately sabatoging the economy. So much for the Right to Fish This quote is from another site. Just goes to show the sorry attempt at control of our fisheries by the no nothing fed organizations and pita types to screw with us. BTW, when this past Monday is mentioned, it refers to Jan 4th. How concerned can they be about the Red Snaper and Grouper if they don't close it to commercial fishing. Reports I get from folks that bottom fished that area is, it's never been better. Personally, I don't fish that far off shore. My fishing is mostly inshore and backwater fishing, seatrout redfish and flounder. I just see this as a stepping stone to what I like to do. The feds will find a reason to get into fresh water soon enough.