In a 12-1 vote Monday afternoon, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council decided to open a limited 2017 red snapper fishing season in October or November. The decision affects federal offshore waters from North Carolina to Key West, although the geographical range of red snapper extends only about as far south as Jupiter Inlet.
What it means for offshore recreational anglers who enjoy bottom fishing is the chance to keep one red snapper per fishing trip with no size limit during dates yet to be designated by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Council also approved opening a brief four- to seven-day season in 2018, likely in July.
While complete details will be worked out at a later date by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the approved proposal will likely result in a recreational fishing season that lasts between three and 12 days in 2017.
We will keep you informed when the days are announced!
We pulled some Red Snapper photos from the archives this morning. Photo one features Rob Vaughn and photo two features Justin Foster of Satellite Beach.