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Red snapper season opens!

AG12016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 7

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. The season will also reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters.

This season will help maintain fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in state waters and provide additional May and fall weekend fishing days.

The private recreational angler red snapper season in Gulf federal waters will run June 1-9 (closing June 10). The federally-permitted charter boat and headboat season for federal waters will run June 1-July 16 (closing July 17).

Learn more about red snapper at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers.”