Red snapper is a favorite among anglers on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and luckily, this year’s snapper season has been extended.
With high fuel prices and inclement weather early in the season, private recreational anglers have not come close to Alabama’s one-million-pound-plus quota for the state’s iconic reef fish – red snapper. Scott Bannon, Director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division, said offshore fishing on Memorial Day weekend was way off because of bad weather.
Bannon said the typical red snapper harvest on that opening weekend is about 150,000 pounds, but the 2022 harvest for the same weekend was only a few thousand pounds. He said that is the beauty of state management of the red snapper season. Private anglers can wait for better weather and not take a chance on a risky outing because the quota determines when the season will end. Bannon said the private recreational season, which is open Friday through Monday each week, will remain open until December 31 or until the quota is met, which is not likely.