FWC announces fall recreational red snapper season
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a fall red snapper season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations in the Gulf of Mexico to open on: Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters. However, state for-hire operations are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only.
The additional days would not be possible without the State Reef Fish Survey. The survey was developed specifically to provide more robust data for management of red snapper and other reef fish, and has allowed FWC the opportunity to manage Gulf red snapper in state and federal waters.
Do your part to continue the success of the survey. All anglers fishing from private recreational vessels must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler to target red snapper and other reef fish in state and federal waters, even if they are exempt from fishing license requirements. Sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler at no cost at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by visiting any location where you can purchase a license.
State Reef Fish Anglers may receive a questionnaire in the mail regarding their trips as part of survey. Respond whether you fished this season or not or whether you’ve submitted data via other methods.
To learn more about the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and select “Snappers.”
The federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits was June 1 to Aug. 1.