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Information, updates and articles about red snapper fishing in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico

Note: This article was posted four months before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to enact an emergency, allowing only an 11-day summer snapper season. Click here for more on red snapper season. The red snapper, among the most sought fish in the Gulf of Mexico by both...
Texas anglers will have their first fall red snapper season since 2010, beginning Oct. 1, after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the supplemental framework and increased the quota for commercial and recreational anglers. The overall Gulf quota was increased from 8.46 million pounds to 11 million pounds,...
NOAA Fisheries has announced a final rule for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which sets quotas for commercial and recreational harvest. The red snapper quota will increase from 8.08 million pounds to 8.46 million pounds whole weight for 2013 seasons, with recreational anglers getting 4.145 million pounds, 49 percent of the...
Red snapper issues have been contentious in recent years, especially in 2013 when Texas, Louisiana and other Gulf states pushed back against proposed federal rules, urging that snapper regulation be left up to the discretion of states, citing scientific research supporting the stance. Gov. Rick Perry and other Gulf state...
Red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has long been a divisive issue pitting the commercial and recreational sectors against each other in terms of quota, and an amendment up for consideration would alter the annual catch limit in favor of sport anglers, something that certainly will add fuel to the fire. NOAA...
A federal judge in Brownsville has ruled in favor of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in a joint lawsuit brought by the agencies challenging an emergency regulation enacted by the National Marine Fisheries Service over red snapper seasons. The ruling means...
The vibrant afternoon that held promise had turned into a shadowy evening crammed with frustration. The sloping sand flat littered with waving grass and oyster shells had produced a number of good fish in the past, but on this coastal day, the only reds and specks that materialized were in...
Red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico again will feature a shortened season for recreational anglers, at least according to NOAA Fisheries, a move that continues to show the disconnect between science and sense. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced Tuesday that recreational sector anglers likely would see...
Red snapper fishing has never been a more debated topic, but two things are certain for 2015: Gulf of Mexico sport anglers will get a 10-day season to pursue the tasty catch while charter captains will get more than four times that amount. The recreational fishery beginning 9 nautical miles...
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on Thursday voted to enact an emergency rule gutting the recreational red snapper season and allowing only an 11-day summer framework. The daily bag limit of two fish per person and minimum size requirement of 16 inches are unchanged. The council in December set...