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Gulf Red Snapper Season Opens This Weekend

Jim Cummings catches giant red snapper July 4, 2022 aboard a private vessel

Just in time for Father’s Day, Florida’s 2023 Gulf red snapper season will open on June 16 and run consecutively through July 31, 2023.


This season applies to recreational anglers fishing from private vessels in Florida Gulf state and federal waters and charter-for-hire vessels that do not have a federal permit are limited to harvest during the recreational season in Florida Gulf state waters only.

The season will reopen in the fall for 3-day weekends during October and November (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Need to know:

  • Charter, headboat and saltwater fishing guide operations must have an FWC charter captain or boat license to cover their passengers, who are not required to hold a recreational saltwater fishing license.
  • Anyone who intends to fish for or harvest certain reef fish from a private vessel in Florida are required to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation
  • Daily bag limit — 2 Red Snapper per person (Charter captain and crew 0)
  • In order to keep your catch, Red Snappers must meet the size limit of 16″ in total length (TL) — The length of a fish as measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.

Please visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife website for more information and to obtain your fishing license if you choose to fish on private vessels this season.

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