Oct. 1-Oct 14. Gulf Red Snapper Season Announced

Red snapper are abundant in the Gulf of Mexico, as evidenced by this limit haul taken out of Panama City Beach June 2, 2013. Image from Panhandle Forum member panhandler80.

From Southeast Fishery Bulletin, Sept. 13, 2013

NOAA Fisheries announces a rule increasing the allowable catch for red snapper from 8.46 million pounds (mp) to 11 mp. The recreational quota will increase from 4.145 mp to 5.39 mp and the commercial quota will increase from 4.315 mp to 5.61 mp.

Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will open for red snapper recreational fishing beginning on October 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. (one minute after midnight), local time. The season will close on October 15, 2013, at 12:01 a.m., local time.

The increase in commercial quota will be distributed to individual fishing quota shareholders on or shortly after October 1.

For more information on catch estimates and NOAA Fisheries’ determinations for the fall red snapper recreational season, please review the Frequently Asked Questions on the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Web site.




  • jond22

    Stayed a couple extra days in panama city beach to do some fishing as the weather was bad prior. Anyways forgot about the deadline line to keep Snapper and as it was I couldn’t pull in anything but Snapper from the moment I speed my line. Fished off the captain Anderson and all though had a good time and plenty fish, I was also very disappointed. 3 times I had monsters on the line, most likely give Grouper-k which by the way I like more than Snapper ). Never landed any of the 3 as to negligence on the boats equipment. They are using red hooks which I believe we’re aluminum, after fighting with the fish where I thought at times I might not win, the hook broke everytime. Not to mention I was 2 days over the season for snapper when I probably pulled in a total of 80 to 100 pounds of fish. Was sad as most of the Snapper caught ended up floating as they were unable to get back down bottom.