Friday, September 20, 2013

Bonus 14-day Red Snapper Season Begins Oct. 1

Did you miss the short window of time to catch red snapper in June this summer? No worries. You get another chance to haul in a few beauties from the Gulf, beginning at 12:01 a.m. October 1st and ending at 12:01 a.m.on October 15th.

Red snapper fishing facts:
·        The common size for red snapper is from one pound to 8 pounds with a typical maximum of 20 pounds. FYI, the world record is 50 pounds, 4 ounces.
·        Red snapper is a hard-fighting fish that uses strong, head-shaking tactics.
·        The daily bag limit for the fall season will remain two, 16” or longer fish per day.
·        Light ocean tackle, or heavy spinning and bait casting tackle can be used.
·        Typical bait is dead Cigar Minnows, Pilchards, cut fish or squid.

The Orange Beach Fishing Association, a group of over 100 fishing charter boats located at eight marinas, is a good resource for both six-passenger charters and multi-passenger fishing charters, as you plan your fall fishing trip.

Accommodations vary from large beach houses ideal for a large group of anglers to condos ranging from one- to four-bedroom sizes located in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key and Fort Morgan. Take advantage of the ShrimpFestival 3rd night free offer during part of the fall bonus red snapper season for a sweet discount on the already lower fall vacation rental prices.

Once you’ve caught your bag limit, there are lots of other entertaining things to see and do on the island. And, of course, red snapper is part of the coastal cuisine, so be sure to check the menu at your favorite waterfront restaurant for this delicious fish cooked to perfection.

See you at the beach.

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