From Florida Sportsman

June 11 starts a 40 day Red Snapper season in both state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here are some guidelines for the snapper season from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

This recreational season includes those fishing for red snapper from private recreational vessels. Recreational participants must have Gulf Reef Fish Angler on their license before fishing for snapper from Gulf waters.

For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit are also included but are limited to targeting reef fish in Gulf state waters only and must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license (this can be done no cost at your local tax collectors office).

The federal season for for-hire operations with a valid federal reef fish permit will be June 1-July 21. External Website

Florida set the season in 2018 and 2019 in both state and federal waters through a fishery-management pilot program (also referred to as an Exempted Fishing Permit).

State Gulf Reef Fish Charters: Any charter, headboat and saltwater fishing guide operation that targets or harvests red snapper, vermilion snapper, gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, or almaco jack in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) must have Gulf Reef Fish State For-Hire on their license. You cannot harvest red snapper or the reef fish listed above without the “State Gulf Reef Fish Charter” designation.