Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
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Red Snapper season opens Saturday in the Gulf


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The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters begins Saturday and remains open through July 14 — a total of 52 days.

This year’s season was set at a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in April. The reasoning: opening the season the Saturday before Memorial Day provides recreational red snapper fishing opportunities through an important holiday weekend, which helps attract more visitors and brings economic benefits to coastal communities.

The federal season will be nine days, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 9.

Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore out 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles.

The daily bag limit for red snapper will remain 2 per person in Gulf state and federal waters. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. There is a zero daily bag and possession limit for the captain and crew of for-hire vessels.

Recreational anglers targeting reef fish such as red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters are required to use dehooking devices and non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing with natural bait. These devices are designed to help increase the likelihood a fish will survive if it is released. Venting tools no longer required are when targeting reef fish. This requirement was removed to allow fishermen the freedom to use methods or tools of their choosing when releasing reef fish.

To learn more about recreational red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Snapper.”

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