Snapper (Red) Fishing in Florida
Florida is a Red Snapper paradise. These delicious chunks of marine life are abundant throughout the year in coastal waters up to 60ft deep on both the Gulf and the Atlantic side, with lowest concentrations in South Florida.
However, with regulations in place to conserve the species, recreational fishing in the Gulf is restricted to some 70 days throughout the summer and on weekends in September and October following Labor Day. Fishing also is only allowed up to 3.5 miles offshore on the Atlantic side, where they're scarce either way.
With Red Snappers inhabiting temperate waters, the best place to target them will be off the Panhandle and westwards. This is also where the largest fish are found, with common catches of up to 30lbs during peak season.
- Snapper (Red) fishing in Florida is highly variable thoughout the year. High season is June to July and September to October. Closed season is January to May, August and November to December.