Longest red snapper season set to open in Florida this week
FORT MYERS, Fla. — One of the longest recreational red snapper seasons to date will begin on June 4 in Gulf state and federal waters off the Florida coast.
The upcoming season will run for 55 days starting June 4 and closing on July 29, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“We are excited about Gov. DeSantis’ recent announcement of this year’s 55-day Gulf red snapper summer season, it is one of the longest we’ve had since the FWC began managing the season in state and federal waters,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto.
If you want to fish for red snapper in Florida from a private recreational boat, even if you are exempt from fishing license requirements, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler. You can sign up at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
When catching red snapper, anglers should look out for symptoms of barotrauma — which are injuries caused by a change in pressure. Typical symptoms include stomach coming out of the mouth, bloated belly, distended intestines, and bulging eyes.
If you are releasing a fish with barotrauma, use a descending device or venting tool to help them survive and return to the deep water.
For-hire operations that don’t have a federal reef fish are able to participate in the season but can only fish for red snapper in Gulf state waters.
State Reef Fish Anglers might get a questionnaire about reef fish trips as part of Florida’s State Reef Fish Survey. If you receive a survey in the mail, FWC officials urge you to respond whether you fished or not.
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