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Winds make 2nd weekend of red snapper mini season a no go

Northeasterly winds build up Friday, making it too choppy offshore

Capt Don Dingman, of the Hook The Future fishing show, dispays a snapper offshore from Jacksonville which was safely released after this photo.
Capt Don Dingman, of the Hook The Future fishing show, dispays a snapper offshore from Jacksonville which was safely released after this photo.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Red snapper mini season was approved for 2017, giving anglers the chance to catch and keep a red snapper for the first time in over a year. The season started Friday November 3rd- Sunday Nov 5th, and the second three day weekend on Friday November 10th through Sunday November 12th will be a bust for anglers in Northeastern Florida and Southeastern Georgia because of gusty winds.

Forecast

The forecast looks dangerously windy and rough for the second weekend of the snapper mini season, essentially unfishable. 


Friday

Out to 20 nautical miles:
North northeast winds increasing to 20 knots. Seas building to 5 to 7 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds. Inland waters a moderate chop.
20 to 60 nautical miles:
North northeast winds increasing to 20 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas up to 10 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds.


Saturday

Out to 20 nautical miles:
Northeast winds 25 knots with occasional gale force wind gusts. Seas 6 to 9 feet with occasional 11 ft waves. Inland waters will be very rough.

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20 to 60 nautical miles:
Northeast winds 25 to 35 knots. Seas 9 to 12 feet with occasional seas up to 15 feet. A chance of showers.

Sunday

Out to 20 nautical miles:
East northeast winds around 15-20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet, with occasional 9ft waves. Inland waters will be choppy. Expect a chance of showers.
20 to 60 nautical miles:
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas up to 10 feet. A chance of showers.

 

2018 Red Snapper Mini Season

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council also approved measures in Amendment 43 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan during its September 25, 2017 meeting. The amendment would revise the process for calculating the annual catch limit with the intent to allow a red snapper season in 2018. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the recreational fishery would open the second Friday in July (July 13, 2018) and the commercial fishery the second Monday in July (July 9, 2018).

Biological samples were taken during the red snapper 2017 mini season. Fishermen were encouraged to cooperate with state marine resource personnel as they collect samples dockside.
The catch rate during the 2017 season will be considered in setting the length of any 2018 season, so fishermen are encouraged to follow the best fishing practices and to be conservative in how many red snapper they catch during 2017. The amendment is currently under review and an announcement from NOAA Fisheries about a 2018 red snapper season is expected in early 2018.


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