Florida anglers will get an opportunity this month to enjoy an extended recreational red snapper season in state waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gov. Rick Scott requested the seven-day extension and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved it after the loss of fishing days because of Hurricane Hermine.
The season was originally scheduled to end on the last weekend of October. The expanded open season will take place on the following days, which include a license-free saltwater fishing day on Nov. 26:
- Saturday and Sunday this weekend
- Nov. 11 and 12 (Veterans Day weekend)
- Nov. 25, 26 and 27 (Thanksgiving weekend)
“Red snapper season is extremely popular among Florida anglers, so we’re reminding everyone to take advantage of additional fishing days in November,” Keep Florida Fishing manager Gary Jennings said in a statement. “Florida is the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’ and the approaching holiday weekends and license-free fishing day provide great opportunities to go fishing with family and friends.”
“The extension of Gulf red snapper season will provide a huge economic benefit for Gulf Coast communities relying on the sportfishing industry,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries policies director for the American Sportfishing Association. “Thank you to Gov. Scott and the FWC for recognizing the need to make up for lost fishing opportunities caused by Hurricane Hermine.”
Keep Florida Fishing is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, representing the interests of the recreational fishing community. Sportfishing is a major economic driver in the state, contributing to $9.3 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 123,000 Floridians.