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Old 06-05-2020, 02:11 PM
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Default 2020 Rec Snapper Season

As announced by SAMFC -

WHAT/WHEN:
Each year, NOAA Fisheries announces the season opening dates for red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic, in addition to the recreational season length. For the 2020 season:
  • The recreational sector will open for harvest on weekends only on the following 4 days:
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    • July 10, 11, and 12, 2020 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) - The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020.
    • July 17, 2020 (Friday) - The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 18, 2020.
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Is it one per person and no minimum length?
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And the Comms get 6 months - what a croc of crap.
  • The commercial sector will open for harvest at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date.
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Originally Posted by CAP1 View Post
As announced by SAMFC -

WHAT/WHEN:
Each year, NOAA Fisheries announces the season opening dates for red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic, in addition to the recreational season length. For the 2020 season:
  • The recreational sector will open for harvest on weekends only on the following 4 days:
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    • July 10, 11, and 12, 2020 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) - The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020.
    • July 17, 2020 (Friday) - The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 18, 2020.

Thanks for this important information about ARS, by far my favorite bottom target. There are so many problems with how recreational ARS are managed on the Atlantic Coast it makes me ill. That we should be happy for 4 days is a total joke but better than none I suppose. A one size fits all management system is laughable given the current research on this wonderful sport fish,
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Well I guess we can count on one weekend in July with the wind blowing like hell.
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BS the Rec guys get bent over again.
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I wanted to give you guys first dibs to this fish. I released him and the way it works is I won’t catch one when they are legal to keep. So I here by declare this fish yours if you want it! What a bunch of sh**
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Commercial gets 1/3 the amount of fish. Until there is a viable way to track rec.fish it's not going to change.
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Proclaimation FL-365 is in effect.
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Good our season is so short there are hardly any in the ocean and we never catch any..........same with gags and the one per person.
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I'm pumped I booked a trip on the 17th! Perfect that it fell on the Red snapper day!
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Joke as always. How hard would it be to devise a lottery / tag system if you really want to limit it to a specific number of fish. The numbers they pull for the rec side are absolute garbage and dart throws at best, they have no clue.
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As bad as the rec numbers are, I don't see anyone lining up to use the tracking ap so the council can make better informed decisions. A trip ticket or tag would probably work fine until 90% of the intercepted boats didn't have them. It's a real catch 22 for honest ethical anglers.
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I have been fishing for over 25 years offshore and have been checked one time in the winter when they had nothing else to do. Never a phone call, nothing. Their data is worse than skewed!!
The DMF has no idea at all what is caught by rec's!!!!
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Going back for this one... I know where you live.

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Lottery system would be a tough one to administer. It's a federal resource, so the entire US population would be eligible to participate. But for arguments sake lets limit it to the current anglers that have a saltwater fishing license in FL (2.3 million anglers), GA (prob around 200K) SC (around 220K) and NC (500k).
Your lottery pool is 3.2 million vying for one of 23,000 tags assuming all anglers entered. Not very good odds that you would secure a tag on any given decade, much less every year.
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Originally Posted by aftergolf View Post
And the Comms get 6 months - what a croc of crap.
  • The commercial sector will open for harvest at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date.
At least they adjusted the seasons so that rec opens before commercial so there are more out there, and especially more closer in, for the anglers that theoretically are less skilled/experienced/knowledgeable than the professionals.
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Thanks for the post. I just booked a spot on the Carolina Princess as I am boat less for now. She said they are filling up fast for the 11-13th and are charted for the 17th. They are limited to 50 passengers now because of the virus.
Did this last year and got blown out. Hopefully, I will have at least one to grill "Bark On".
If not, maybe I can at least get a flounder or two in August..
Old 06-08-2020, 12:58 PM
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Last year when I went we limited out in an hour on the east side of the cape. The numbers of fish seem pretty healthy to me.

Hope the weather is good enough to get out there on my 23 bay this year.
Old 06-08-2020, 02:30 PM
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funny many of the gulf states MS and LA make you use a phone APP to register before taking a trip for red snapped then report your catch after you get back.
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