Last Updated on May 26, 2023 by Eric Bonneman
It’s that time of the year again, where the early morning sun glistens off the warm ocean surface and the line between the sky and the sea becomes one beautiful palette of blues. The anticipation and excitement amongst anglers are palpable as the South Atlantic Red Snapper season for 2023 is announced. As part of our commitment to bringing you the most accurate and up-to-date information, we are here to guide you through the details of this year’s Red Snapper season, ensuring that you make the most of the time available for catching these prized fish.
The 2023 Red Snapper Season Details
NOAA Fisheries has confirmed the opening dates for the recreational Red Snapper season. In 2023, the season will commence at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 14, and conclude at the same time on July 16. It’s a brief window of opportunity, but those who are ready and well-prepared can take full advantage of this period.
During the limited open seasons, the total annual catch limit is set at 42,510 fish. Recreational anglers, including private and charterboat/headboat vessels, are allotted an annual catch limit of 29,656 fish, and each angler is allowed a bag limit of one red snapper per day.
Best Fishing Practices
Being an angler is not just about the thrill of the catch but also respecting the ecosystem that allows us this privilege. To that end, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has provided a list of best practices to reduce release mortality and further protect the red snapper population as it rebuilds:
- Avoid areas likely to have red snapper if you already have met your recreational bag limit. If you are approaching your vessel limit, move to a different area.
- When red snapper are out of season, avoid areas where they are common.
- Use single hook rigs as the recreational bag limit for red snapper during the limited fishing seasons will be one per person per day. This will potentially reduce the number of red snapper that are caught on one drop.
- Use non-offset circle hooks while fishing in areas where red snapper are common.
- Use a dehooking device to remove the hook. Keep fish in the water if you plan to release them or return them to the water as quickly as possible.
- Use descending devices when releasing fish with signs of barotrauma.
The Avid Angler Difference
When it comes to making the most of the red snapper season, having the right gear is half the battle. As one of St. Augustine’s finest tackle, bait, and sporting goods retailers, Avid Angler has been supporting the fishing community for almost three decades, providing a range of high-quality fishing tackle and bait that can give you the edge you need.
Our expertise goes beyond just providing top-of-the-line equipment. We understand the local waters and the needs of our fishing community, helping us guide you to not only choose the right gear but also to strategize your fishing adventures for the best results. From the perfect rods and reels to tackle, accessories, and bait that red snapper just can’t resist, we have you covered.
So, as we approach the 2023 Red Snapper season, remember to mark the dates in your calendar, follow the best fishing practices, and gear up at Avid Angler to ensure a rewarding and responsible fishing adventure. Happy fishing!