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Captain's Corner: Red snapper prevalent for divers fishing in Gulf of Mexico

What's hot: Red snapper are everywhere. Hook-and-line fishermen can't keep them off their hooks and spearfishermen can't see past them. As divers, we see this. Red snappers are rampant from 90 feet and deeper. Every year there are more and they move closer to shore. What I keep hearing from almost every diver and angler: "How come we have such a short red snapper season when there are so many and we had a longer season when we had far less?"

Tips: In recent years, you might have heard the term, "white swarm." Divers use this term to describe large schools of red snapper. As you descend, red is the first color to disappear. The water absorbs the red and all that's left is vibrant white.

The season: Charlene Ponce, public relations officer for the Gulf of Mexico Marine Fishery Council, has said the season will stay as planned (opening June 1 and closing Aug. 15) despite rumors to the contrary.

Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at bill@aodive.com or (727) 344-3483.

Captain's Corner: Red snapper prevalent for divers fishing in Gulf of Mexico 04/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 10:50pm]
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