Florida Red Snapper Fishing Charters

Florida Red Snapper Fishing Charters

Top Florida Red Snapper Fishing Destinations

Best Red Snapper Fishing Charters in Florida

Red Snapper Fishing in Florida

Red Snapper
  • Size 5 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

(Lutjanus campechanus)

Tasty and feisty, Red Snappers are among the most sought-after fish species in Florida. Naturally, almost all Florida fishing charters specialize in pursuing them. Red Snapper fishing is simply the event of the year in the “Sunshine State.” Unfortunately, angling opportunities are limited. To curb overfishing, the authorities have introduced strict management measures.

The Gulf season runs in summer for about 60 days and a couple of weekends in October, and again in November for Thanksgiving and Veterans Day. Fishing on the Atlantic side is a year-round activity in state waters, but Red Snappers are scarce here. The most impressive specimens abide in federal waters, but the season there lasts only between 2 and 3 days.

Bear in mind that the season may close earlier if the quota is reached, so if you want to go after a Red Snapper, book your Florida fishing charter in time. A full day trip gives you enough time to hit the hotspots and battle these picture-perfect fighters. Red Snappers are bottom dwellers, so bottom fishing around reefs will be the name of the game.

With Red Snappers inhabiting temperate waters, the best place to target them will be off the Panhandle in the Gulf. Volusia County and Treasure Coast are known to be solid fishing grounds on the Atlantic side, while the lowest concentrations of Red Snappers are in South Florida.

Florida Red Snapper Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Red Snapper fishing in Florida is highly variable throughout the year. High season is June to July and September to October. Closed season is January to May, August and November to December.
Florida
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Red Snapper Fishing in Florida

Book with Captain Tim O’Malley - Knotical Adventures Two aboard The Wild Child!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Tim O’Malley - Knotical Adventures Two aboard The Wild Child!!!
Knotical Adventures Two – The Wild Child
Knotical Adventures Two – The Wild Child
Yes, we had a blessed fun time, lovely weather and Jamie took care of everything we needed help with! Amy and Steve Johnson ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, we had a blessed fun time, lovely weather and Jamie took care of everything we needed help with! Amy and Steve Johnson ??
Marco Fishing Company
Marco Fishing Company
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Stay friendly with the captain and tip well and they will hook you up right and take real good care of you
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay friendly with the captain and tip well and they will hook you up right and take real good care of you
Old Town Charters  *Veteran Owned*
Old Town Charters *Veteran Owned*
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Tail Gator Charters
Tail Gator Charters
Fish with Captain Robert - very knowledgeable and knows where to find the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with Captain Robert - very knowledgeable and knows where to find the fish!
Fishbuster Charters
Fishbuster Charters
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Was incredible early on, and then the heat came in. But it’s Florida in July, what do you expect! We had a blast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Was incredible early on, and then the heat came in. But it’s Florida in July, what do you expect! We had a blast
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Private fishing charters should be able to use the boat docks. That private stuff is for the birds because nobody owns the Ocean but God. Just stupid to make them use a boat ramp.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Private fishing charters should be able to use the boat docks. That private stuff is for the birds because nobody owns the Ocean but God. Just stupid to make them use a boat ramp.
Fightin' Bottom Charters – Alligator Point
Fightin' Bottom Charters – Alligator Point
Check out photos posted by the Captains and customers. That helped me choose the right boat and captain. Always bring plenty of sun screen .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out photos posted by the Captains and customers. That helped me choose the right boat and captain. Always bring plenty of sun screen .
Royal Sea Excursions
Royal Sea Excursions
Summer can be a challenge to fish. Thankfully knowledgeable guides like Jason can ensure it’s a good trip no matter what.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Summer can be a challenge to fish. Thankfully knowledgeable guides like Jason can ensure it’s a good trip no matter what.
Neptune Fishing Charters
Neptune Fishing Charters
I think depending in heat and child the boat maybe a little hot due to shade. Ensure to bring hats and sunscreen. Other than that. It was a great trip. Capt Taylor was awesome!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I think depending in heat and child the boat maybe a little hot due to shade. Ensure to bring hats and sunscreen. Other than that. It was a great trip. Capt Taylor was awesome!
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Tides can be higher in summer so make sure you can dive for the scallops in 4-8ft of water. If you’re bringing your kids make sure they are really good swimmers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tides can be higher in summer so make sure you can dive for the scallops in 4-8ft of water. If you’re bringing your kids make sure they are really good swimmers.
5 Star Fishing
5 Star Fishing
It’s definitely hot, but not unbearable. I’d recommend proper sun protection and be sure to pack plenty of water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s definitely hot, but not unbearable. I’d recommend proper sun protection and be sure to pack plenty of water.
Beyond Fishing Charters – St. Pete
Beyond Fishing Charters – St. Pete
Can be warm, but able to drink and enjoy the time. Recommend sunscreen and a patient attitude. Fish are biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can be warm, but able to drink and enjoy the time. Recommend sunscreen and a patient attitude. Fish are biting.
Sarasota Sport Fishing, Fish Guaranteed!
Sarasota Sport Fishing, Fish Guaranteed!
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Tell the capt. What your looking for. She is able to adjust the locations to get you the experience you would like.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tell the capt. What your looking for. She is able to adjust the locations to get you the experience you would like.
Emerald Coast Charters – 46'
Emerald Coast Charters – 46'
Sunscreen! And plenty of water. It was very hot and there was no cloud coverage. Keep an open mind because the captain can’t control the weather or the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen! And plenty of water. It was very hot and there was no cloud coverage. Keep an open mind because the captain can’t control the weather or the fish.
Lock N Load Charters
Lock N Load Charters
Make sure you go in the morning during the summer as the afternoons are very hot. Book with Sea Dancer as the captain knows exactly where to go and how to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you go in the morning during the summer as the afternoons are very hot. Book with Sea Dancer as the captain knows exactly where to go and how to catch fish.
Sea Dancer Charters
Sea Dancer Charters
Bring some sunscreen and don't expect 4 hours Dr doc. You will probably get five or six hours poll time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring some sunscreen and don't expect 4 hours Dr doc. You will probably get five or six hours poll time
Reel Spooled Charters - Inshore
Reel Spooled Charters - Inshore

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