Recreational red snapper season to open in Gulf state, federal waters
The recreational red snapper season starts on June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and will remain open through July 12, closing July 13.
Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler to target red snapper and several other reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters – excluding Monroe County – even if they are exempt from fishing license requirements. Sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler at no cost at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by visiting any location you can purchase a license.
For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit may also participate in the 32-day season but are limited to fishing for red snapper in state waters only. The operators must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license to target red snapper and other reef fish in Gulf state waters – excluding Monroe County. This can be done at no cost at a local tax collector’s office.
Gulf Reef Fish Anglers might receive a questionnaire in the mail regarding their reef fish trips as part of Florida’s Gulf Reef Fish Survey. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey was developed specifically to provide more robust data for management of red snapper and other important reef fish, and has allowed FWC the unprecedented opportunity to manage Gulf red snapper in state and federal waters.
For anglers who want to share catch information with FWC electronically, the Angler Action Foundation has developed a smartphone app for logging red snapper fishing trips. The app is available in the app stores by searching for iAngler Gulf Red Snapper for private anglers or iAngler Gulf Red Snapper Charter for charter operations. By using iAngler to log catches during red snapper season and beyond, anglers can provide FWC researchers with valuable insights about their trips.
To learn more about the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers,” which is under the “Regulations by Species – Reef Fish” tab.
The federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits is June 1 to Aug. 1.