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Atlantic Red Snapper open August 23-25?

DoradoDreaminDoradoDreamin Senior MemberNortheast FLPosts: 2,105 Captain
Per FWC - NOAA Fisheries recently announced the 2013 season dates for Atlantic red snapper in federal waters. Red snapper will open for one three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) beginning August 23 and continuing through August 25. The bag limit will remain at one fish per person per day and there will be no minimum size limit.

http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/FLFFWCC/2013/07/31/file_attachments/228990/HOTSHEET_AUGUST_2013.pdf

I thought they were supposed to give 30 days notice? I also thought they were going to give us more time, not less time or may a two fish limit?

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  • Offshore32234Offshore32234 Senior Member Clay HillPosts: 223 Officer
    I believe they posted this about a week ago, so it's probably right on the 30 day time limit. One weekend in the peak of hurricane season many thanks!
  • DoradoDreaminDoradoDreamin Senior Member Northeast FLPosts: 2,105 Captain
    I believe they posted this about a week ago, so it's probably right on the 30 day time limit. One weekend in the peak of hurricane season many thanks!

    Gotcha. I've been traveling and this was the first I saw of it. Was hoping someone had the scoop on why they reduced it from last year.
  • aquadocaquadoc Member Baldwin FLPosts: 63 Deckhand
    The scoop is they want us to support other country's and only buy/eat tilapia.
  • aquadocaquadoc Member Baldwin FLPosts: 63 Deckhand
    Or fish the gulf....they just announced October 1'st the gulf is getting another 21 day season.
  • ThefourseasThefourseas Senior Member Jacksonville, FLPosts: 320 Deckhand
    In the gulf you don't need any fishing gear. Just ride out and pick the dead ones off the top.
  • Edgewater220Edgewater220 Senior Member Melbourne Beach ,FLPosts: 488 Officer
    Caught this guy trolling in 75ft of water hit a surface bait they are starving to death!! Maxxed out a 30# boga.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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  • jacqueojacqueo Senior Member Jacksonville FlPosts: 1,272 Officer
    I am SO thankful that the FWC is giving me this GREAT birthday gift! Thankfully they are giving us the weekend, since my actual birthday is the 20th. lol Sooo gracious. lol
    Yes, as a matter of fact I DO fish... like a girl. [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • PhinaticalPhinatical Senior Member Middleburg, FLPosts: 864 Officer
    I went back and forth with them on the 30-day thing and basically they showed me a loophole they have where they can enact it at any time and not have to give the 30 days.
  • Fishin Blue WaterFishin Blue Water Senior Member Posts: 219 Deckhand
    A couple of items to note: the powers that be say that we overfished out allocation during last year's 6 days (that were all but unfishable due to weather). The commercials sector under fished theirs. The only reason there is a season at all is the commercials not catching theirs.

    The model they use accounts for a very hefty amount of snapper interaction (read this as release mortality) over the winter months, a time period that anyone who actually fishes knows there are few trips offshore due to weather and when virtually all troll instead of bottom fish (when they can get out) due to closures to grouper, snapper, Beeliners and sea bass. We need to be pounding them with the fact that there is almost zero interaction with snapper in the first few months of the year. Those fish that they say are dying due to wintertime release mortality would be added to what we can catch when they open the season.

    Brian
  • Optimum7Optimum7 Senior Member Orange Park, FL, for now we move like gypsiesPosts: 351 Deckhand
    or they want you to burn 3 times the gas to get to the spots!!!!
    aquadoc wrote: »
    Or fish the gulf....they just announced October 1'st the gulf is getting another 21 day season.
  • CaptnathanstuartCaptnathanstuart Senior Member Posts: 689 Officer
    Looks like ill be heading to the gulf, ill be out of town for the atlantic opening. Figures
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