Red Snapper Battle Heats Up as Fla. Extends Season Against Fed’s Wishes – by Darwin Singleton

“GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has just decided to extend the red snapper season in state waters to 44 days. That is not in compliance with federal regulations which mandates the shortest red snapper season ever at just 27 days. The move comes after four out of five Gulf […]

FWC: Atlantic Grouper season reopens May 1 – by wtxl.com

“TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Grouper season is set to reopen May 1 in Atlantic and Monroe County waters, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials. The season includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. Anglers who reel in any of these varieties will be able to […]

Editorial: Lionfish harvest, red snapper and gopher tortoise changes made by FWC this week by Marcy Shortuse

“PROVIDED BY THE FWC – At the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting held on April 18 in Tallahassee, several decisions were made that will impact Boca Grande. First on the list, state wildlife officials plan to waive the commercial and recreational bag limit and the recreational license requirement for divers harvesting lionfish. The […]

Emergency ruling may extend snapper season by Tina Harbuck

“Destin charter boat captains may get a longer red snapper season. Not 24 hours after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a 44-day season for red snapper in state waters, the Gulf Council took steps Thursday to help out the federally permitted charter boats to fish those 44 days as well. “We voted […]

Captain’s Corner: Plenty of red grouper By Steve Papen, Times Correspondent

“What’s hot: Red grouper fishing is fantastic right now in depths of 80-160 feet. Look for these fish to be stacked up on rolls and ledges. The best baits for them are live pinfish and grass grunts as well as frozen baits such as Spanish sardines and Boston mackerel.”… To view entire article, click on […]

FWC approves 44-day snapper season by Valerie Garman

“PANAMA CITY BEACH — While red snapper season will be longer this year for anglers in state waters, it may be shorter for those licensed to fish in federal waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday approved a 44-day season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, slightly longer than the […]

State agency extends red snapper season, won’t benefit Southwest Florida by Eric Staats

“NAPLES — Some Southwest Florida anglers are crying foul over a change in the recreational season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, meeting Wednesday in Tallahassee, voted to buck federal fisheries regulators and lengthen the season in state waters closest to shore. Here’s the rub: To […]

COLBY: Who gets to fish? A west coast of Florida perspective

“On April 17, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on whether to set the red snapper season in state waters consistent with the season set for federal waters. Much is at stake in this decision for recreational anglers and charter for-hire operators that participate in this fishery. Gulf of Mexico red […]

Possible Snapper Season Changes – wjhg.com news

“Like many other captains docked at Captain Anderson’s Marina, Hank Hunk is worried. He is afraid snapper season will be reduced to just 21 days, maybe even less. “Private fisherman in the state of Florida will benefit from the 44 days, for-hire sector will suffer, because we’ll either get a shorter season because the state […]

Florida’s Looming Decision on Gulf of Mexico’s Red Snapper

“Florida will decide next week whether to open its coastal waters to a longer red snapper fishing season and break ranks with regulators who have set the shortest season in federal waters—28 days. If Florida joins other states in allowing more red snapper fishing in state waters, federal fishery managers will cut the season for […]

Give everyone equal access to red snapper in the Gulf by Mike Colby

“As a Clearwater charter captain, I have customers from Orlando and Central Florida who fish with me. They have just as much right to fish for species in the Gulf as coastal residents do; the fish belong to everyone. Yet, on Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take a vote on Gulf […]

Red snapper catch limits by the Miami Herald Editorial

“Plagued by overfishing, the red snapper’s population started to diminish dramatically in the past several decades. Federal fishing managers moved to limit the fishing time (now at 28 days) to continue to allow the species’ numbers to increase. And they have. A new spring count should shed more light as to the health of the […]

Local organization urges comment on snapper management by Valerie Garman

“PANAMA CITY BEACH — State and federal fishery management agencies are looking at different lengths for red snapper seasons in their respective waters this summer. While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pursues a longer 44-day season in state waters, officials with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council answered back with a shorter […]

Red snapper catch limits by the Miami Herald Editorials

“Plagued by overfishing, the red snapper’s population started to diminish dramatically in the past several decades. Federal fishing managers moved to limit the fishing time (now at 28 days) to continue to allow the species’ numbers to increase. And they have. A new spring count should shed more light as to the health of the […]

Captain Favorite’s Fishing Forum: April 15, 2013 Your One-Stop Spot for Fishing in Manatee County by Merab-Michal Favorite

“BRADENTON – FWCC will vote on whether to open its coastal red snapper season longer on Wednesday. If you catch a lionfish, send the pic to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and they will send you a free T-shirt! April 19-20, the Sarasota Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will host their 18th […]

Everyday Adventures: Grouper season regulations & places to fish by Terry Tomalin, Tampa Bay Times

“After more than 20 years on the outdoors beat, you’d think I could get my fishing regulations straight. But when somebody asks me about grouper season, I have to stop, scratch my head and say, “I have to look that up.” That’s not because I’m particularly forgetful, it’s just that the rules are so confusing. […]

Tommy Warren: Red snapper calls for shared responsibility

“While the annual legislative session publicly consumes Tallahassee, another annual event involving Gulf of Mexico red snapper is slowly slipping by under the radar. In mid-April, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet in Tallahassee to cast final votes on a draft season they created in March. If adopted, this draft rule […]

Red snapper season hinges on FWC vote by pnj.com

“The seven Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commissioners will decide next week whether the State of Florida will stay consistent with the federal red snapper regulations for 2013 or go non-compliant like Texas and Louisiana. This decision will not only change the number of days anglers are allowed to fish for red snapper in […]

Lower Keys Amberjack by Florida Sportsman swordslayer71

Florida Sportsman forum article. If you register for Florida Sportsman, you can see some great pics of the Amberjack and Snappers that were caught. To view entire article, click on link below: Lower Keys Amberjack Check out our Daddy Mac Lures: Trophy Series Casting Jigs Diamond Series Elite Series

Fishing Report: Spring has finally arrived, and red grouper are legal again

Article Excerpt: “NAPLES — April 1 was no day for fooling around. The weather finally turned beautiful, and it was the first day that red grouper became legal again. Seas were calm and the water had rebounded nicely from the churned up mess we had last week. Our local water temperatures are ranging from about […]

State regulations set for gag grouper in 2013

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently finalized the 2013 recreational gag grouper season for Gulf of Mexico state waters. For most state waters the season runs July 1 through Dec. 3. State waters off the coast of Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin counties, including waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian […]

3/29/13 Islamorada backcountry fishing report

Check out the Islamorade backcountry fishing report by Capt. Rick Stanczyk who says it has been extremely busy there in the Florida Keys.  The Islamorada back reefs has been the hot spot for fishermen there.  The last few days they’ve caught mangrove snappers, porgies, and hogfish and on a smaller scale, yellow tails, mutton snappers, various groupers, […]

Tampa Bay Times reports Captain Dave Mistretta recommends going for Amberjack this Spring

Summary: Captain Dave Mistretta of the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach reports that large Amberjack have started to trek to the East from far out in the Gulf. Of note, Kingfish were not found in large numbers. He notes that even though Gag Grouper season is not open, they have migrated to depths […]


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