Red snapper season extended for recreational and private anglers
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – For all anglers, good news is coming. The red snapper season is now extended to December, and people are eager to fish for a few more months.
Officials said this season was more troubling than previous years.
According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the quota for 2022 has fallen remarkably lower than that for 2021 and 2020. Just over 80 days into the season, only 360,000 pounds of red snapper have been captured. In 2021 there were over 800,000 and 2020 showed over a million books.
ADCNR’s Scott Bannon said this season got off to an unfortunate start.
“We lost opening weekend,” Bannon said. “Memorial Day weekend the weather was terrible and normally we would catch 150,000 pounds, and we would only catch a few thousand. People did the right thing. The weather was not good. »
Soaring fuel prices haven’t made things any easier.
“This year, people specifically said I wasn’t going to take more than one trip, or a few trips this year,” Bannon said. “I just can’t afford it.”
With all of this in consideration, red snapper season for recreational and private anglers now runs until December 31, or until the 1.12 million pound quota is reached.
Some Gulf Coast anglers are thrilled.
“We are preparing to leave tomorrow morning,” said fisherman Justin Fadalla. “We’re going to go out and bring friends again who don’t go all the time, so it’s a great opportunity for us to have those extra few days. The weather is looking great. It can be rainy, but I think it’s a great weekend for fishing.
Bannon also said there has been a tougher bite this season, but he expects with this continuation anglers can fish without feeling rushed.
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