It’s here! Red snapper fishermen head out to the Gulf

dawn red snapper season

Dawn was barely breaking the horizon was FOX10 Chief Meteorologist Jason Smith took this photo of the Gulf of Mexico.

Smith, along with many avid fishermen, are starting their Sunday morning early because June 1 is the beginning of the popular red snapper season.

Fishermen don’t have a lot of time.  The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council cut the season from 11 days to 9.

Officials said the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters to red snapper fishing year-round.  Florida followed suit with a 52-day season for 2014.

Recreational fishermen and charter boat captains disagreed with the 9-day limit.  Congressman Bradley Byrne, along with other politicians on Capitol Hill, agrees with local fishermen and is working to change the federal regulations.

The shortened season is the result of a lawsuit by commercial fishermen who complained recreational anglers have been going over their quotas over the last several years.

blog comments powered by Disqus