The 2014 red snapper season in federal Gulf waters has come and gone. Recreational anglers had a whopping nine days to go out and legally take red snapper. Federal regulators are unapologetic about their management failures that have led us to this absurdity.
Those of you who fish offshore have undoubtedly noticed a pattern of shrinking bag limits and shortened seasons. Not every fish has been affected, but it’s gotten bad enough that many anglers who would might have spent their leisure time on blue water have opted to fish closer to home or keep the boat in storage. Red snapper, gag, amberjack, red grouper and triggerfish are all subject to tighter regulation. Who can doubt that more of the same is coming from NOAA Fisheries?
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