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103-Day Gulf Red Snapper Recreational Season for 2024

Florida’s 2024 private recreational Gulf red snapper season will open June 1 and run consecutively through July 31.

The season will reopen in the fall for 3-day weekends (Friday – Sunday) from Sept. 1 – Nov. 30. Harvest will also be allowed Labor Day (Sept. 2), Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28).

This season applies to recreational anglers fishing from private vessels in Florida Gulf state and federal waters. For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit may also participate in the season but are limited to fishing for red snapper in Florida Gulf state waters only.

The 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season spans a record 103 days, marking it as the longest season since the state took over management of Gulf red snapper.

Red Snapper caught on boat Photo Courtesy of FWC
Photos Courtesy of FWC

In the event of rainy days impacting the number of fishing days, Florida will evaluate additional Gulf Red Snapper season dates to add later in the season.

If you plan to fish for red snapper in state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, even if you are exempt from fishing license requirements, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal required) at

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