Snook season Feb2013 Atlantic waters ONLY

As stated by the FWC on previous occasions that the 2013 season would be open to everyone on both bodies of water in the state of Florida except they pulled a fast one and decided to do otherwise. Below is a copy of an email I received from the FWC....

Snook season reopening on Atlantic coast only

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season is open through May 31.

In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches total length per day in the allowable harvest areas only. Fishermen targeting snook must have a snook permit as well as a saltwater license unless they are exempt from having a license. Using snatch hooks and spears is prohibited.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

The harvest of snook remains closed in all of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, through Aug. 31. Anglers may still catch and release snook during the closure, but the FWC encourages everyone to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release.

This Gulf closure went into effect Dec. 15, 2010, after the population was impacted by prolonged cold weather. The closure will give the Gulf snook population additional time to rebound.

Visit and click on “Saltwater” for more information on snook.


  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,665 Captain
    Looks like Sebastian Inlet will be packed on Friday.
  • LastMangoLastMango Posts: 4,574 Officer
    Unreal... All my West Coast friends have been denied on Snook for 3 years solid now.... I was just down in the Keys, Snook are everywhere and thick.... No Snook, no Grouper, you have to go 30nm offshore for decent Snapper, fuel dock gas at $5 a gallon, no wonder the marine industry is DEAD on the West Coast...
  • JI SnookJI Snook Posts: 676 Officer
    The west coast snook closure has been known for a while now. Catch and release until 8/31.
  • snook87snook87 Posts: 1,707 Captain
    Well it was slated to be open on feb 1, 2013 for gulf and atlantic. Fwc seems to change things whenever they want. If they closed the west coasts season for Ben then it will most likely be close until 2014.
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