Snook Season Reopens in Gulf of Mexico

With strong snook populations, it might be time for you to actually eat one. Snook harvest season opens soon. Be ready.

Tasty Snook Can Soon Be Harvested

Monday, February 23, 2017
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County.

Snook Season

The season will remain open through April 30.In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side.

A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Read more at MyFWC.com. The dates up there are not accurate but the March 1 date is and so are the sizes. You can only keep one snook now - although that change is relatively recent, we think it's a good one. Keep smaller fish near the bottom of the size limit. The smaller ones taste better and the bigger ones are close to breeding size anyway.

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