Call Now (251)265-1122
RSVP ONLINE!

2017 Federal Red Snapper season officially OPEN for “Offshore Fishy Business”!

Deckhand Jessie with Red Snapper Offshore Fishing

The season for federally permitted offshore (9-30 miles from shore) for-hire charter vessels is 49 days long from Thursday June 1st through July 19. You can confirm all the rules and explanation details here: https://gulfcouncil.org/press/2017/2017-recreational-red-snapper-season/

To sum it up, there are two different demographic fishing areas where the ever so succulent highly desired Red Snapper tasty morsel can be legally caught and landed…

1) The Federal Gulf Council manages and determines how many days, size and creel limits from 9 miles up to 30 miles from shore.

2) While the state of Alabama and Florida manage their own waters up to 9 miles from shore. Alabama state waters Red Snapper rules mirror the Federal regulations for open season dates, size and creel limits for 49 days. Florida on the other hand, has extended there Red Snapper open season dates. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a 78 days recreational season in Gulf state waters. The approved season will be:
Open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting the first Saturday in May.
Every day starting the Saturday before Memorial Day through Sunday following Independence Day.
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, plus Labor Day.

All of the agencies have agreed the minimum Red Snapper size is 16″ (inches) total length can be kept (landed).
Each angler may keep no more than two (2) Red Snappers per day.
Each boat may not land no more than 10 Red Snappers for the whole boat (creel aka bag limit).
Charter captain, first mate, deckhand and/or crew cannot be counted as a angler of the creel/bag limits allowed.

Why such a short season with small limits?

Red Snapper has reportedly diminished in numbers over the years. While the actual numbers are very controversial between the management councils, Commercial and the Recreational captains who fish these waters daily, argue the factual stock numbers are much more abundant than publicly proclaimed in reports.

 

Red Snapper re-population chart

Red Snapper re-population chart

 

There are many conspiracy theories depending on who you speak with that proclaim the numbers are skewed to protect certain industries who participate in the count with inconsistent numbers. While unarguably, there was a noticeable diminished stock since the 1970’s, currently Red Snapper is not in danger of extinction by no stretch of the imagination. It sounds great on paper to protect the stock from being over fished is a very noble gesture and needed to be “monitored”, however, most in the working industry feel Big Brother’s regulations has created too much hysteria creating a unrealistic fear through their overreach. The good news is Red Snapper Season is OPEN for business and the stock is growing exponentially every year!

 

 

What is the difference in areas?

Red snapper can grow to about 40 inches, weigh up to 50 pounds and live more than 50 years. Red snapper begin to reproduce when they are about two years old, spawning from May to October along rocky ledges or coral reefs. Fertilized eggs float on the surface and hatch within a day. Only a month later, the young fish settle out of the water column in shallow waters, and as they get older, they move to structured habitat where they will mature and eventually move to the deeper waters of the Gulf.
Bigger, older red snappers produce many more eggs than young ones. One 24-inch female red snapper (about 8 years old) produces as many fish as 212 17-inch females (about 5 years old) Most red snapper caught in the Gulf today are only between four and six years old. With all of that being said, We have the largest artificial reef system in the Western Hemisphere providing a abundant leagues of spawning grounds. Nearshore state managed waters will have more juvenile fish, while Offshore federally managed areas will have more mature Red Snappers. Now don’t confuse that previous statement meaning there are not adult Red Snapper in the Nearshore state waters, after all, there is no Trump wall built in the gulf. What we are saying your odds are increased more in a offshore trip.

 

Nearshore Fishing Red SnapperOffshore fishing Red SnapperOffshore fishing Red SnapperOffshore Fishing with Fishing Guide Captain Rex WilliamsOffshore Fishing with Fishing Guide Captain Marty StarlingOffshore Fishing with Fishing Guide Captain Jerry Andrews

 

Who should you fish with?

We have 4 boats that are Federally permitted to fish Offshore, 4 boats Alabama permitted for nearshore and 2 boats Florida permitted for nearshore fishing. We highly recommend getting aboard a 6 passenger private charter vessel to ensure you get the most Red Snapper for your dollar. Party boats are great economical choice to get on the water fishing, however, that ole saying, “you get what you pay for” rings true. We highly recommend getting on board our 45′ Hatteras named “The Salty Dog” or our new 42″ PowerCat for Offshore fishing. Each boat has a 6 person capacity. Give us a call 251-265-1122 and we will put you on the right boat to fit your needs.

 

Salty Dog

The Salty Dog is a 45' Hatteras sport fisher powered by twin Detroit 8-71 diesel engines. The Salty Dog is coast guard inspected and certified to safely accommodate up to 6 anglers on a private offshore and deep sea fishing areas of Orange Beach AL. The Salty Dog is operated by fishing charter guide Captain Rex Williams who has over 15 years saltwater fishing experience. The Salty Dog is docked inside of the luxurious Caribe Marina convientently located at the Perdido Pass across the street from Alabama Point and right next door to the famous Cobalt Restaurant. Address: 28101 Perdido Beach Blvd in Orange Beach Alabama 36561.


Sea Dog

The Sea Dog is a 24' Shearwater with center console and crows nest powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine. Sea Dog is coast guard certified to safely accommodate up to 6 anglers on a private inshore or nearshore fishing charter in the prestine areas of Orange Beach Alabama. The Sea Dog is operated by fishing charter guide Captain Marty Starling who has over 18 years saltwater fishing experience. The Sea Dog is docked inside of the luxurious Caribe Marina convientently located at the Perdido Pass across the street from Alabama Point and right next door to the famous Cobalt Restaurant. Address: 28101 Perdido Beach Blvd in Orange Beach Alabama 36561.


Bull Dog

The Bull Dog is a 25' Hanson Skiff with center console and crows nest powered by a 150HP Suzuki. The Bull Dog is coast guard certified to safely accommodate up to 6 anglers on a private inshore or nearshore fishing charter in the prestine areas of Orange Beach Alabama. The Bull Dog is operated by fishing charter guide Captain John Ramsey who has over 20 years saltwater fishing experience. The Bull Dog is docked in the notorious stateline Flora-Bama Marina conveinently located right across the street from the famous Flora-Bama Oyster Bar. Address: 29603 Perdido Beach Blvd in Orange Beach Alabama 36561


Sea Hunter

The Sea Hunter is a 62' Resmondo sport fishing yacht powered by twin 3406 Caterpillar diesel engines who is coast guard certified to safely accommodate more than 20 anglers on a private fishing charter. Sea Hunter primarily fishes in Offshore and deep sea fishing areas of Orange Beach. The Sea Hunter is operated by fishing charter guide captain Ricky McDuffie who has over 20 years saltwater fishing experience. The Sea Hunter is docked in the San Roc Cay Marina located right across the street from the Perdido Beach Resort. Address: 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach AL 36561.


Miss E

The Miss E is a 65' Bonner walk around party boat powered by twin diesel engines who is coast guard certified to safely accommodate up to 40 anglers on a private or shared fishing charter. Miss E primarily fishes in offshore and deep sea fishing areas of Orange Beach. The Miss E is operated by fishing charter guide captain Alex McDuffie who has over 22 years saltwater fishing experience. The Miss E is docked in the Flora-Bama Marina right next door to the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Address: 29603 Perdido Beach Blvd in Orange Beach Alabama 36561.


Entertainer

The Entertainer is a 65' Bonner walk around party boat powered by twin 525 HP John Deere diesel engines who is coast guard certified to safely accommodate up to 40 anglers on a private or shared expense fishing charter. Entertainer primarily fishes in offshore and deep sea fishing areas of Pensacola Beach. The Entertainer is operated by fishing charter guide captain Jerry Andrews who has over 25 years of saltwater fishing experience. The Entertainer is conveniently docked in Pensacola Beach Marina located at 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd Pensacola Beach Florida 32561.

Do you have questions or suggestions? Feel free to leave a comment that may aid the next visitors experience!