Snook Reopens In Atlantic

2016 Snook Symposium In Orlando. File Photo: Naples Fishing, Snook, Sunday, 8-2-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
2016 Snook Symposium In Orlando. File Photo: Naples Fishing, Snook, Sunday, 8-2-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Snook Reopens In Atlantic State Waters.

FWC issued the following news release.

“The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.

Naples Fishing, Snook, Saturday, 7-18-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Snook, Saturday, 7-18-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side.

A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license, unless the angler is exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. As a result, the FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home, even during the open season.

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data such as the size, age, maturity and sex of Florida’s premier inshore game fish, snook. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Snook,” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

Naples Fishing, One Of Our Favorite Snook Photos, 4-10-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, One Of Our Favorite Snook Photos, 4-10-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

The harvest of snook in all of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Everglades National Park and all of Monroe County, remains closed until March 1. Snook harvested from the open waters of the Atlantic may not be transported through closed water or landed in the closed area. Anglers may catch and release snook during the closed season, but the FWC encourages anglers to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

FWC Commission Meeting: Red Drum / Redfish

Tampa Fishing, Saturday, 10-3-15, Big Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Saturday, 10-3-15, Big Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

FWC Commission February Meeting – Tallahassee

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued the flowing news release.

“Action: Marine Fisheries Management Items February 10

Information: Items on the agenda include:

Discussions on:

  • Federal fishery management updates
  • Annual Workplan
  • Red drum stock assessment

Potential regulatory changes on:

  • Red snapper (Gulf): 2016 recreational season
  • Gag and black grouper (Gulf): Increasing recreational size limit for both species and setting gag recreational season.
  • Dwarf seahorse: Prohibiting harvest north of Anclote Key State Park Lighthouse and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, reducing recreational and commercial bag/trip limits, and creating an annual commercial quota.

Links for more information:

Agenda [MyFWC.com]

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 1-29-16

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-29-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-29-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, January 29, 2016

FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.

Red Tide Status (January 29, 2016)

“A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and northern Collier counties in Southwest Florida.

Karenia brevis was detected in low to high concentrations in 9 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in 22 samples collected inshore of Hillsborough County; low to medium concentrations in 18 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Manatee County; background to high concentrations in 35 samples collected in, along, and offshores of Sarasota County; very low to medium concentrations in 10 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Charlotte County; background to high concentrations in 31 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Lee County; and very low to medium concentrations in 2 samples collected offshore of northern Collier County.

Respiratory irritation continues to be reported in several bloom areas of Southwest Florida. Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show a slight southern movement of bloom waters in Southwest Florida over the next 3 days.

Background concentrations of K. brevis were also observed in one sample collected offshore of Okaloosa County in Northwest Florida.

Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected in the past week from Walton, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, or Citrus counties.”

For more information, please see FWC.