2023 Federal permitted For-Hire Recreational Red Snapper Season
The schedule that was just released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for Recreational For-Hire Season and does apply to us here at Hubbards Marina.
The 2023 Red Snapper fishing season in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled for 85 days and is exclusively open to vessels holding a federal for-hire reef fish permit.
Starting from June 1, 2023, at 12:01 a.m. local time, federally permitted for-hire reef fish vessels can embark on their Red Snapper fishing ventures. The season will conclude at 12:01 a.m. local time on August 25, 2023, providing ample opportunity to enjoy this exciting fishing experience.
Read Full Report Here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/
2023 Private Recreational Red Snapper Season
The schedule that was just released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is for private recreational fishermen, and does not apply to us here at Hubbards Marina.
2023 Florida Private Recreational Red Snapper Season is expected to break records with a total of 70 days for fishing, compared to the 40-day average of previous years. Both summer and fall seasons will be available, giving Private Recreational anglers more time to catch this delicious fish.
The summer red snapper season in Florida will start on June 16th and run until July 31st, providing plenty of opportunities to catch these prized fish, including Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. The fall red snapper season will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October and November.
See Private Recreational season dates below:
• June 16th – July 31st
• October 6–8th
• October 13–15th
• October 20–22th
• October 27–29th
• November 3–5th
• November 10–12th (Veterans Day Weekend)
• November 17–19th
• November 24–26th(Weekend after Thanksgiving)
Private Recreational Fishing vs Federally Permitted For-hire Recreational Fishing
If you’re planning a recreational fishing trip, it’s essential to know the difference between private and for-hire fishing. Private recreational fishing involves fishing for personal enjoyment, and the angler or group is responsible for their own gear, transportation, and expenses. On the other hand, for-hire recreational fishing involves hiring a professional guide or charter captain who provides equipment, transportation, and expertise.
For-hire fishing charters, on the other hand, involve paying for the services of a professional guide or charter captain who provides equipment, transportation, and expertise. The charter captain takes care of everything from providing the fishing gear and bait to navigating the water and finding the fish. For-hire fishing charters are typically larger vessels that can accommodate more anglers, and they may offer different types of fishing experiences such as deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, or fly fishing.
If you’re looking for a stress-free fishing experience, Hubbard’s Marina may be the way to go. With a professional guide or charter captain, you can relax and enjoy the experience while we handle all the details.
What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Waters?
To ensure you’re fishing within the right regulations, it’s important to know the difference between state waters and federal waters. Regulations, including seasons, bag limits, and size limits, can vary depending on the location.
State waters typically extend to 3 nautical miles (just over a normal mile) in most parts of the United States. However, in the Gulf of Mexico, state waters extend to 9 nautical miles. This means that in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Gulf Coast of Florida, recreational anglers can fish within 9 nautical miles and still fall under state regulations.
It’s important to note that these boundaries can impact what an angler can catch, but it can also impact fishing guides. In the Gulf of Mexico, federal reef fish permits can be harder to obtain and more expensive for guides. No new permits have been issued since 2003, which means the number of guides is capped. While federal waters are more productive, finding a guide can be more difficult due to the limited number of permits.