Short snapper season affects charters – by Matt Barrentine and Hal Scheurich

“BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – FOX10 News continues to dig deeper into the red snapper controversy and the fight to wrest control from federal agencies. Wednesday we spoke with federal advisory board member Tracy Redding, who books charters in Baldwin County. FOX10 News brings you the inside view of the fight to save the charter […]

States challenging emergency rule for red snapper fishing season – by Valley Morning Star

“Texas and Louisiana filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in Brownsville on Monday, challenging a federal emergency rule that without notice or hearing shortens or could do away with the 2013 recreational red snapper fishing season. The season starts June 1 in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the lawsuit, the […]

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 […]

Louisiana and Texas fisheries agencies file lawsuit challenging red snapper emergency rule – by Benjamin Alexander Bloch

“In a continuing Gulf of Mexico fisheries fight to extend the federal red snapper season, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its commission, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, joined together Monday to file a lawsuit that challenges an emergency red snapper regulation enacted by the federal fisheries service. If left in […]

Texas and Louisiana File Challenge to Block Federal Regulation That Would Shorten Red Snapper Recreational Fishing Season – by The Orange Leader

“AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, along with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, has filed a legal challenge asking a federal district court to block a proposed federal rule that would punish Texas and Louisiana by shortening the red snapper recreational fishing season in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the […]

Alabama’s Bentley wants feds completely out of Gulf red snapper management by Jeff Dute

“Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley did not join governors from the four other Gulf states in signing a letter in support of state management of red snapper “because it advocates a management system that allows the federal government to retain too much control over state fisheries.” In a statement from Bentley’s Press Secretary emailed Thursday morning, […]

Federal bill would mandate state management of red snapper by Jeremy Alford

“Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation have introduced the Offshore Fairness Act to extend the Bayou State’s jurisdiction in the Gulf of Mexico and solidify its position on the management of the red snapper fishery. The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-Metairie) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) would also apply to other coastal states stretching […]

Rep. Jo Bonner: Give states power to manage red snapper fisheries by George Talbot

“WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, said today he was pleased to see governors from the Gulf Coast states actively engaging in discussions on how best to manage red snapper fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. Four of the five Gulf Coast governors – Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Texas’ Rick Perry, Florida’s Rick Scott and […]

Gulf governors write Congress about red snapper (edited for web by Conor Harrison)

” Texas is picking another fight with the Federal government. And this time it has help. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant are calling on Congress to allow the states to take control over management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of […]

Red Snapper War Continues in the Gulf of Mexico by David A. Brown

“As we’ve blogged about on numerous occasions, the Gulf of Mexico’s red snapper management has long been a contentious (the understatement of the decade) issue for recreational anglers lamenting severe restrictions based on faulty data. A prized food fish of great sporting value, red snapper is one of the main offshore species that drives fishing-related […]

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 […]

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 […]

Red snapper still have long way to go toward recovery, LSU scientist says by Todd Masson

“Anglers all across Louisiana’s fertile offshore waters report seeing more red snapper than ever in their lives, and they want increased access to them. That’s why anglers have applauded the state’s decision to buck federal regulations and open a state-specific season in disputed waters off the coast. But what anglers can’t see through the clouds […]

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 […]

Drift-line for more and bigger snapper by John E. Phillips

“If you learn to fish the drift-line technique of presenting a bait slowly and gently to red snapper, you can catch more of them on every trip, Orange Beach’s Jack Wilhite said. But when drift-lining cigar minnows off the stern of the boat, the current can cause baits not to get down to the depth […]

More techniques for catching big Red Snapper by John E. Phillips

“• Big baits for big snapper Capt. Art Jones of Orange Beach, Ala., said he double-hooks a big bait like a mackerel fillet that is 6 to 8 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. “I’ve found that bigger baits produce bigger red snapper,” Jones said. “A bigger, tougher bait like mackerel will give […]

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 […]

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