A fisherman is catching a fish from a boat with the fishing rod bends towards the surface of the ocean.
Good preparation will make your trip to Gray's Reef even more enjoyable! Photo: Nick Zachar/NOAA

Fishing happens here! Gray's Reef is a popular spot off the Georgia coast for recreational fishing and diving. Sport fishing occurs year-round but at different levels of intensity. Anglers protect and preserve Gray's Reef for future generations by fishing sustainably and using sanctuary best practices.

Fishing for pelagic species such as king mackerel and bottom fishing for snapper and groupers are the most popular activities. Sport fishing tournaments sponsored by private fishing clubs and marinas take place in the spring and summer. Gray's Reef is a popular destination for these tournaments.

As a reminder, fishing and diving is prohibited in the Research Area.

Fishing Charters

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary does not endorse or promote individual businesses or clubs, but to our knowledge the following are currently charters that may offer fishing charters to Gray's Reef:

If you are a fishing charter that frequents Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and would like to be added to our list, please contact us at

Two people fish from a boat on the ocean

Fishing Best Practices

Make the most out of your fishing trip to Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

 A fish swimming over a field of green algae fronds.

Catch Seasons

Anglers at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary can keep their catch, as long as they abide by state and federal size, weight, and species regulations.

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Sanctuary Regulations

To protect the live-bottom habitats of the sanctuary, managers have several regulations boaters and anglers must follow.