Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters Sept. 1 through 4, Sept. 9 and 10, Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15 for recreational harvest. During this season opening, the Gulf state waters minimum size limit is 14 inches fork length and the daily bag limit is two per person, per day.
“The FWC has heard from many anglers who are seeing more and bigger gray triggerfish, and we have listened to their requests for additional and sustainable fishing opportunities,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Chairman Brian Yablonski. “We are pleased to announce new triggerfish fishing days in state waters, especially the Sept. 1 through 4 season dates, which are also when the popular red snapper season is open in state and federal Gulf waters.”
At its July meeting in Orlando, the Commission directed staff to implement a limited fall season for 2017 via an executive order.
Earlier this year, the Gulf recreational gray triggerfish season was closed in both state and federal waters for all of 2017 due to the 2016 federal quota being exceeded. The Commission decided to open Gulf state waters for a limited harvest opportunity this fall after considering public testimony on gray triggerfish.
The Commission also approved several other management changes at the July meeting that should go into effect sometime in 2018. These changes will not be in effect during the 2017 season opening. These changes are consistent with pending changes in federal waters and include:
These federal consistency measures should help maintain fishing opportunities for gray triggerfish in state and federal waters for 2018 and beyond.
More information about Gulf gray triggerfish regulations may be found on MyFWC.com Triggerfish Regulations Page.
You heard that right! Red Snapper season has been extended and is now the longest it has been extended since 2013. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced an expanded 39 day recreational Red Snapper season for private private anglers fishing in Gulf federal waters. The season will start Friday, June 16, and go through Monday, September 4th; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Also included will be Monday and Tuesday July 3 and 4, and Monday, September 4.
Keep in mind that there are certain guidelines that you have to follow when fishing Red Snapper. The minimum size limit is 16″ TL. The reason that this is the size limit is because one 24-inch female Red Snapper can produce as many eggs as 212 17-inch female Red Snapper. So the more larger and older Red snapper we have out in the wild, the more Red Snapper we can catch and maximize the number of younger fish coming into the fishery.
This is really great news being able to fish more than just the 3 days of June 1-3. We can now fish every weekend up to September 4 and take advantage of this great opportunity. There is a limit to how many you can catch a day but this means that you can fish for more Red Snapper over a span of a few months! Let’s get out there and catch Red Snapper.
Summer is in full swing! The water is perfect, the kids are thoroughly enjoying their summer break and best of all – the fish are biting! Summer is the perfect time to create some family memories and document all of your adventures. Fortunately, this day and age makes capturing moments so easy. From documenting your big catch of the day to snapping candid pictures of you reeling them in, Flat Out Fish wants you to share your pictures with us. Document your fun in the sun this summer. Follow Fish Flat Out on Instagram, Like our Facebook page and tag us in your pictures. Here are some pictures we’ve shared on our social media this summer:
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Flat Out Fishing Charter’s mission is to show you a great time out on the water, experiencing the emerald waters of the gulf coast and catching fish. Included in your Perdido Key fishing trip is:
Our captains are always here to help you and want you to have a great fishing trip. If you have any questions, give us a call!