Florida Fishing Dates

Elaine Sutton
• Sunday, 22 November, 2020
• 8 min read

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In the Northwest region April-November is the prime time for big Flathead and blue catfish. Private anglers and for-hire fishing operations in the Gulf will be able to reel in red snapper on more dates this fall, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

That’s how many days the FCC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) has approved for the Red Snapper Season for 2020. A balancing act between conservation and fishing enthusiasts working hard the past several years has resulted in a healthy fishery, allowing for this many days, the longest season in recent history.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Red Snapper season opens June 11 until July 25 for both state and federal waters. The reason anglers enjoy fishing for Red Snapper so much is the experience getting them into the boat, and they taste pretty darn good, too.

Along the East Coast, there’s a healthy population in Florida and Georgia; it’s rare to find snapper near the Carolina's. Many people enjoy Red Snapper fillets, arguably the most popular white fish of all.

The unique topography of the gulf means you don’t need to go far to find the fish, especially along the coast of Florida. The Panhandle (Pensacola, Destiny, Orange Beach, and Panama City to name a few) is a great place to start your journey.

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You may have to travel a bit farther into the Gulf to get to good Red Snapper fishing, but it’s well worth the wait. This is because Red Snapper don’t typically run the line, they use more of a shaking technique to spit the hook.

Whether you fish on your own or with a hired charter, each angler is allowed to harvest two Red Snapper per trip. While there are more days in this year’s Gulf Red Snapper season, a charter captain’s calendar will fill up fast.

(By the way, the FCC allows for Red Snapper season year round on the east side of the state, in the Atlantic Ocean. If your Florida travel dates don’t align with this year’s season, consider staying near Jacksonville, Cocoa Beach, or Fort Lauderdale along the Atlantic Coast for your Red Snapper adventure).

On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers, including both residents and non-residents. A shook or spiny lobster permit are also not required on these days.

To view our full 12-month calendars, sign up for a membership today for as low as $6.99 a year ! POOR day basically means the fish will either steal all your bait or will not even touch your line.

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FAIR day means that you may catch one or two fish but you will have to work hard to do so. GOOD day means that you will catch enough fish to feel gratified.

Get the whole year’s worth of fishing dates and more in the print edition of the Farmers’ Almanac. Be sure to check out other great features like: gear & equipment, bait shops, license vendors, boat ramps, marinas, charters, fly-fishing shops, and fish refuges/hatcheries.

The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full moon (when tides are higher than average).

(But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east.

“The best way to fish in South Texas with chicken liver is to let it sit a while in the good Texas sun, then sprinkle a little garlic powder and a little chili powder on it. This combination makes the liver pasty and it will stay on your triple or single hook with little to no problem.

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Cut them in desired pieces and set in the sun to ‘dry up’. You can put what you don’t use in the freezer with a few catalpa tree leaves.

Don’t handle cigarettes or any type of tobacco products without washing your hands before applying baits, hooks, sinkers, new line, etc. “The absolute best way I know to keep your liver on your hook while fishing is: Buy 1 or 2 old plastic ice trays.

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