Snapper season extended in federal waters

Fisherman visiting Florida’s gulf coast will be happy to know that red snapper are still on the menu.

Federal waters have been opened up to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for a longer period of time thanks to the joint efforts of the United States Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states.

These delicious, bright red reef dwellers are showing up in more abundant numbers and larger sizes than they have in years Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials reported.

Once set for an all-time low of only three days, the season now has an additional 39 days added to it. The extended season opened late last month and will be open on weekend days and holidays through Labor Day weekend.

The season will remain closed Monday through Thursday during that stretch, with the exception of July 3 and July 4 and Sept. 4. The federal season extension is the first in a decade.

Even if snapper (or off shore fishing) are not your thing, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier offers fishermen a great opportunity to drop a line. As one of the longest piers in the Gulf of Mexico, this pier sports a variety of fish and quiet a history of successful casting.

Anglers frequently pull from the water king and Spanish mackerel, cobia, jack crevalle and more. Even inexperienced anglers can enjoy.

Come cast out on one of Florida’s best beaches.

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