Florida Red Snapper Season For 2013 – FWC Has Set The Season For State Waters
Because we have so many Hibiscus By The Bay residents that do a lot of red snapper fishing, I decided to post this on this blog.
The FWC has posted the Florida Red Snapper season for 2013 and this season is for STATE waters only! The federal waters red snapper season as of this posting have not yet been determined.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 44-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf of Mexico state waters at its meeting April 17 in Tallahassee. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in Gulf waters.
This season will start June 1 and end July 14. It is inconsistent with the current proposed federal season.
Federal fishery managers recently passed a rule that grants NOAA Fisheries the authority to shorten the federal recreational red snapper season off states that adopt inconsistent red snapper regulations. The current estimate of the recreational red snapper season is 21 days in federal waters off the Gulf coast of Florida.
While the federal limit for how many pounds of red snapper can be caught has increased, the season length has gotten shorter over the past few years because of more fishing effort and larger fish, according to federal fishery managers.
The Commission chose to go inconsistent based on reports that the upcoming federal stock assessment would likely show red snapper populations are doing better than previously thought and reports from anglers that the fishery is improving.
BE ADVISED THESE REGS ARE FOR FLORIDA STATE WATERS ONLY!
With regard to bag limit and size I called the local FWC – 850-265-3677 and was told they are the same as what they were in 2012. Two per person. Must kept whole. The length is 16 inches, “pinched tail”.
Measured as total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side.
You can download the Florida Saltwater Regulations or view an online digital version here.
As we all know the Florida saltwater fishing regulations can change quickly and it can be a real pain in the you know what! 🙄 However, if you are going to fish in the Gulf of Mexico it is your responsibility to keep up with the changes and know what the regulations are at the time that you are fishing. You also have to know that on Gulf Of Mexico the Federal waters begin at 9 nautical miles and you have to know where you are in relationship to that distance when you are fishing.
While visiting the FWC website I found a pretty handy calendar that has the Gulf Of Mexico State Waters fishing seasons with up to date closures and regulations. Except of course for the current red snapper season. 🙄 You can view and download it at the FWC saltwater fishing regulations website page here.
Tight lines, light winds and calm waters!
Capt. Mike Foate