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Solid start to Red Snapper Season

John Carter of Gulfport holds two red snapper caught Monday during the opening day of 10-day recreational season in federal waters. John Carter of Gulfport holds two red snapper caught Monday during the opening day of 10-day recreational season in federal waters.
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The 10-day recreational red snapper season opened Monday in federal waters and reports were solid. South Mississippi anglers from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula emailed photos to WLOX with red snapper weighing more than 20-pounds.

One fishermen, John Carter of Gulfport, said a crew of five caught a limit of 10-fish in less than 30 minutes while fishing southeast of the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor.

"The fish were everywhere," Carter said. "It didn't take long and we caught some really nice red snapper."

The minimum size limit of 16-inches and anglers are allowed to keep two fish per person.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reminds anglers and captains of for-hire vessels that they are required to report all harvests landed in Mississippi.

To help anglers report their catches, the DMR offers several methods, including a smartphone app, a website and a call center.

"The purpose of this electronic reporting system is to provide fishery managers the best available data to ensure Mississippi anglers the most opportunities and greatest flexibility for red snapper harvest," Matt Hill, director of MDMR's Finfish Bureau said. "The mandatory reporting system will provide for accurate and timely data that will be used for better resource management."

When using a smartphone, download "Tails N Scales" in the iTunes App store or on Google Play or log onto www.tailsnscales.org. Then create a profile and a trip using the app or website. But anglers must close out one trip before creating a new one.

Or anglers can call 1-844-MSSNAPP (677-6277) and speak to a representative to create a profile and a trip.

Last year, the DMR asked anglers to volunteer their catch information in Mississippi waters but it is mandatory this year.

Also, the Commission on Marine Resources has authorized MDMR Executive Director Jamie Miller to open a supplemental state season, but no dates have been set.

For more information on reporting data, go to the Red Snapper page at dmr.ms.gov.

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