Florida Extends 2023 Gulf Red Snapper Season: Here’s When You Can Fish.

Snapper Season Extended 17 Days

Florida’s State Government announced a significant extension to the 2023 recreational Gulf red snapper season, offering anglers 17 days of fishing opportunities. 

The expansion encompasses every Friday through Sunday in September, along with Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day. With this adjustment, the total red snapper season for 2023 now spans 87 days, marking the longest combined season since the state assumed management of red snapper.

Anglers utilizing private recreational vessels in both state and federal waters within the Gulf region and charter vessels without a federal reef fish permit confined to state waters will be eligible to participate in the extended Gulf red snapper season.

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“The Gulf red snapper season brings anglers from across the country to enjoy this recreational opportunity,” added FWC Executive Director Roger Young. He stressed that the 17-day extension offers enhanced access and experiences for those eager to explore Florida’s renowned fishing grounds.

The newly added fall season spans September, October, and November, encompassing every Friday to Sunday, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day. The updated fall season dates are as follows:

  • September 1–4 (Labor Day Weekend)
  • September 8–10
  • September 15–17
  • September 22–24
  • September 29–October 1
  • October 6–8
  • October 13–15
  • October 20–22
  • October 27–29
  • November 3–5
  • November 10–12 (Veterans Day Weekend)
  • November 17–19
  • November 23–26 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Anglers seeking to fish for red snapper in state or federal waters using private recreational vessels, even if exempt from fishing license requirements, are encouraged to register as a State Reef Fish Angler with annual renewal at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

For further details on recreational snapper regulations, interested individuals are urged to find more information here. The extension aims to provide a longer window for anglers to enjoy Florida’s rich fishing opportunities and promote the state’s reputation as a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts.

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