Red Snapper Opens for Recreational Anglers on May 22
Red snapper season in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
A great deal of pent-up demand will be likely witnessed when the 2020 red snapper season opens on May 22 for private recreational anglers. For the first time in years, the charter boat industry will have a different starting date. The charter boat snapper season opens June 1.
It’s time to batten down the hatches and make sure boats are seaworthy for the trip into the Gulf of Mexico. Red snapper are so abundant along the Alabama coast, that some anglers have success within 10 miles of the shore. However, the most productive areas for snapper anglers is in the artificial reef zones about 20 miles from the beach and beyond.
Don’t forget to stock your snapper tackle box with circle hooks that are not stainless steel or offset when using natural baits, which is used by the vast majority of anglers. For those who may not be that familiar with circle hooks, don’t try to set the hook. When you feel a good bite, just start reeling and the circle hook will slide down the fish’s throat and hook the fish in the corner of the mouth. The hook has little chance to damage the fish and makes catch and release much easier
If you’re booking one of Alabama excellent charter boats for a snapper trip this year, you won’t have to worry about fishing equipment. That is all furnished on a charter trip.
For private recreational anglers, it depends on what kind of fight you want. You can go with lighter tackle if have the experience, but the longer the fight, the better the chance of losing a big fish. However, sometimes those big fish are wary and won’t hit anything but lighter rigs. The typical snapper set-up involves heavy rods with reels capable of holding 50- to 80-pound test line. The current will determine how much lead weight you’ll need to keep your bait in the strike zone, so take a variety of weights. If you’re not sure about what to use, head to one of our bait shops on the Alabama coast, and they’ll fix you up.