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Florida extends red snapper summer, fall seasons a few extra days

The 2022 red snapper fishing period will be the longest since the state started managing the species.
Capt. Dylan Hubbard holds a big red snapper he caught in 2019 while filming a fishing educational course. The state has extended the 2022 red snapper season by a few days.
Capt. Dylan Hubbard holds a big red snapper he caught in 2019 while filming a fishing educational course. The state has extended the 2022 red snapper season by a few days. [ Courtesy of Hubbard’s Marina ]
Published Apr. 21|Updated Apr. 21

Florida anglers this year will have extra days to fish for gulf red snapper under an expanded season.

The red snapper recreational season is slated to last 57 days, two days longer than last year’s season. The summer season will span 45 days, from June 17 through July 31.

The 12-day fall season will be spread across weekends in October and November, including Veterans Day weekend and the weekend following Thanksgiving. Those dates are Oct. 8-9, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23, Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 25-27.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto said the snapper schedule was drawn up with “working people” in mind.

“We looked at the data … and we realized that if we added weekends and kind of broke it up, so it wasn’t just a concentrated fishing season, that it gave more people an opportunity. Especially working people who have to work during the week,” Barreto said during a news conference Thursday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis joined Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials in Destin to announce the dates, touting the 2022 season as the longest since the state began management of red snapper.

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