Ahhhh, the Red Snapper. We could certainly get into a litany of “discussions” on this prized fish, but today we’ll focus on the good. Well, if you fish the GOM (Gulf of Mexico), that is. This year, our democracy worked in such a beautiful way…the type of way our snapper fishing forefathers always wanted it to. The federal government decided to let the Gulf states help in the decision-making process for our little red, feisty friends. Here’s the FYI on the snapper season in the GOM for 2018:
Federal Season Vs. State Seasons
- Gulf red snapper up to 3 or 9 miles off the coast are managed by the state fish agency (check your local laws as they vary state to state)
- From either distance, up to 200 miles off the coast, the marine fisheries agency National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “manages the laws/seasons.”
- The 2018 season is set at 40 days, running from June 11 to July 21.
- After that, creel data will be analyzed and if the quota has not been met, a weekend-only season will begin until the quota is met.
As many of us who fish the GOM know, the Snapper are there. They’ve been there, and they don’t seem to be lacking in numbers or size. Heck, its tough to drop a line far enough or fast enough to get to the larger species without a Snapper hitting first. For the rest of you who’re not sure what I’m talking about, chat with one of our esteemed charter captains and book a trip, you won’t be let down.
Photo’s Courtesy of Capt. Eric Hasty of “ShastyMcNasty Fishing” and Capt. Clay Shidler of “Hang‘Em High Sportfishing”.
Capt. Eric Hasty
Capt. Clay Shidler