For the first time since 2013, federal officials have agreed to extend the federal red snapper season, adding 39 days. The newly lengthened recreational season will allow anglers to catch red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 16 to September 4. The expanded season also covers July 3 and 4, a Monday and a Tuesday, and September 4, a Monday.
State waters will be open to fishing through the end of this week, then will follow the federal schedule. Bag and size limits are still unchanged.
Governor Rick Scott applauded the decision in a statement. Last year, Scott requested, and was granted an extension after Tropical Storm Colin.
“This major expansion of the federal red snapper season is great news for every community along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The red snapper season helps drive our economy and this extension will allow families and visitors to take advantage of red snapper fishing opportunities during Father’s Day and Fourth of July weekends. This will result in a greater economic impact for our Gulf Coast communities and I appreciate President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for their partnership with Gulf Coast states. I encourage every Floridian and visitor to get out on the water to enjoy Florida’s world-class fishing.”
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