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MS fishermen look to state red snapper season

Some recreational fishermen would like to see the two fish per person limit raised for snapper. (Photo source: WLOX) Some recreational fishermen would like to see the two fish per person limit raised for snapper. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Fishermen in Mississippi will soon have more opportunities to catch red snapper. A recreational red snapper season begins in state waters July 16 and runs through October.

With the federal red snapper season lasting just 10 days this year, recreational anglers had limited chances to catch this tasty fish. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has announced a red snapper season in state waters that begins in mid-July and continues through October.

“We feel like we can continue to achieve sustainable harvest with the state season that we have announced. We feel the resource is in excellent shape right now, and that's why we did announce such an extensive state season,” said DMR finfish bureau director Matt Hill.

Christopher Surian and his father, Nick, have no problem with a snapper season in state waters, but they'd like to see the limit raised from the current two fish per person to four, like it was a few years ago.

“We fished red snapper recreationally for a long time, and then, when they went down to two, we did it for a while, but it just wasn't feasible. So, we target speckled trout now,” said Nick.

“If I could keep four, four fish per person, when we spend the money and the time and the effort to go out there, that would make it worth it. It was worth it when we could keep four per person,” added Christopher.

Hill reminds anglers they're required to report their red snapper catch to the DMR. Many fishermen will use a new phone app called Tails and Scales.

“More accurate data, more precise data and more timely data,” said Hill.

Again, the recreational red snapper season in state waters begins July 16 and runs through Oct. 31.

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