Guide to Florida Red Snapper Season 2023: Open Now!

Guide to Florida Red Snapper Season 2023: Open Now!

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Florida’s Red Snapper season 2023 is open! Yes! Delicious and exhilarating, Red Snapper provides some of the best fishing of the year. This guide will help you learn more about the species, so you can plan for a fishing charter that’s best for you.

We advise you to book in advance with YACHTFISH this summer to avoid missing out on our limited slots!

When Is Florida’s Red Snapper Open Season in 2023?

What Makes Red Snapper Fishing So Great?

Delicious and Thrilling!

Red Snappers are best known for their brilliant red color and impressive size. But they’re also extremely tasty. With a sweet and mild, almost nutty flavor, they are one of the fish that our YACHTFISH customers regularly decide to take back to a local restaurant.

Anglers swarm to Florida and try to catch Red Snapper every summer. You really can’t find any better fish for eating anywhere!

Suitable for All Skill Ranges

Red Snapper in Florida is also extremely accessible. Around this time of year, when the water is warm, we find them in groups making it quite easy to get a bite.

As they head to the bait fast, all skill ranges can enjoy them. If you are patient, you have a great shot at hooking up with a big one!

Perhaps best of all with Red Snapper is that it’s not the end of the world if you lose your first bite. It’s not like you’re trolling for hours, waiting for that one Sailfish that leaves you empty-handed when it escapes. Red Snappers are always hungry and when you find one, you usually find a bunch of them.

Where to Catch Red Snapper in Florida in 2023?

You can catch Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico during Florida’s 2023 Red Snapper open season.

However, from our experience, we highly recommend:

  • St. Pete Beach: Voted as one of the best beaches in the U.S., St. Pete Beach is a stunning location providing some of the best hotspots for Red Snapper in the country.
  • We regularly see the Red Snapper swimming in schools around here.
  • On a YACHTFISH deep-sea fishing charter, you’re more likely to find trophy-sized Red Snapper.
  • For families with kids, we recommend a short-duration trip where you can stay inshore and catch smaller Red Snappers around rigs and wrecks.

How to Catch Red Snapper in Florida 2023?

  • You can only catch Red Snapper during open season.
  • 2 Red Snapper can be kept per person, per day.
  • Red Snapper must be at least 20” in size to be kept.
  • Snappers are classic bottom fish, we find them in waters as deep as 600ft!
  • You can also find them during peak season in waters as shallow as 50ft!
  • For deeper waters, we use heavy rods with 50-80 lb test lines.
  • Red snappers love cut fish or squid as bait.
  • Jigs also work but need to be kept slow-moving.

Red Snapper Report Florida 2023

  • Red Snapper Fishing Report in St. Pete Beach
  • Jan: Forbidden
  • Feb: Forbidden
  • March: Forbidden
  • April: Forbidden
  • March: Forbidden
  • April: Forbidden
  • May: Forbidden
  • June: Excellent
  • July: Excellent
  • August: Excellent
  • September: Forbidden
  • October: Forbidden
  • November: Forbidden
  • December: Forbidden

What to Expect on Our Florida Red Snapper Fishing Charters?

YACHTFISH’s Red Snapper fishing charters are unique, as we only take small private groups. You will have your own Captain and mate so your family or friends can enjoy quality time together, without being swamped by groups of tourists that ruin your fun.

Our YACTHFISH deep-sea trips last between 6 and 8 hours, giving you tons of time to chill out in the sun, enjoy some drinks and snacks from our onboard fridge and try to catch a monster!

Our boats are state-of-the-art, featuring powerful motors, wave-cutting design and a range of handy technology to find the fish.

“A Dream!”

Here’s what one of our recent YACHTFISH customers had to say, after going Red Snapper fishing with their kids:

“Thanks so much to Captain Matt, for giving us such a great day out. My kids are totally new to fishing, so I wanted them to experience something special. It was a dream! YACHTFISH took us to the snapper hotspots, where we waited a while before getting what my boy called ‘a monster’. We had a great laugh and I know we’ll remember this day for the rest of our lives!”

“Easy Fishing”

Here’s what a group of anglers said last year about their Red Snapper fishing charter with YACHTFISH:

“Every summer my buddies and I like to go catch a Red Snapper that we can take to our favorite restaurant in St. Pete Beach. There’s nothing like a fresh catch. Thanks to Captain Matt and his team for getting us there, making it easy, and providing us with all the gear to fire away with. Despite the weather, we hooked a bunch of Red Snapper. My keeper was delicious. Can’t beat that!

Fun Red Snapper Fishing Facts:

  • Red Snapper can grow up to 40 inches and 50 lbs.
  • They can live up to 50 years!
  • Red Snapper begin to reproduce as young as 1 year old, from May to October.
  • Fertilized eggs float on the surface and hatch within just one day!
  • There are over 1 million recipes online!
  • They’re territorial, not straying far from their chosen area unless there’s a hurricane. So our hotspots are reliable!
  • With an ideal water temperature of between 50 and 70 degrees, Florida is the best place for Red Snapper in the U.S.
  • Red Snappers are considered trophy fish in sports fishing!

Book a St. Pete Beach Red Snapper Fishing Charter Now!

CALL or TEXT: YACHTFISH CHARTERS (727) 433-4200 today to book a Red Snapper fishing charter in St. Pete Beach for your family.

Booking in advance is highly recommended, as we are set to sell out soon. If you miss out on the peak months, you’ll have to wait until next year!

YACHTFISH will provide an unforgettable experience second to none with Fishing Charters from St. Pete Beach. St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay.

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Matt Douglas

Matt Douglas

Captain Matt Douglas is the founder of YACHTFISH and is a licensed United States Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain. Captain Matt grew up on the waters of Tampa Bay and lived and worked in Costa Rica for over 11 years. He has extensive experience in Central America, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Florida. Captain Matt is a tournament-winning captain who has an intense passion for boating, fishing and creating life time memories for his Clients. These passions, combined with his experience, were the catalysts for YACHTFISH. Captain Matt is laser-focused on what he enjoys the most, and knows the best, in Tampa Bay and Costa Rica.
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