Red Snapper Season Opening in Gulf Waters this Weekend

Red Snapper
Posted at 4:17 PM, May 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-18 16:17:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Gulf State recreational red snapper season will open this Memorial Day weekend. 

In Gulf waters this year, there will be different seasons for anglers fishing from private boats and those in federally permitted for-hire vessels.

Federal waters will open June 1 for both groups and will remain open through June 10, closing june 11, for anglers fishing from private boats.

For federally permitted for-hire vessels, the season will remain open through July 14, closing July 15.

Anglers fishing for red snapper in Gulf waters off Florida's coast from a private boat, will need to sign up for a Gulf Reef Fish Survey prior to fishing. Sign up at a local retail store, tackle shop or tax collector's office; by calling 1-888-FISHFLORIDA (347-4567); or online at