Alabama’s private recreational anglers will be able to catch and keep the state’s premier reef fish, red snapper, starting Friday, May 26. The season will be open until the state’s snapper quota is reached and will consist of four-day weekends (Friday through Monday) and last until the private angler quota is met.
Anglers 16 years of age and older must have an Alabama saltwater fishing license (resident or non-resident, annual or trip), and any Alabama resident 65 or older or a lifetime saltwater license holder must have a current saltwater angler registration.
All anglers 16 years of age and older who possess gulf reef fish, including red snapper, must have an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement. Anglers under the age of 16 are not required to be licensed, possess an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement or have saltwater angler registration, but their catch must be included in a landing report.
All vessels fishing for reef fish in federal waters are required to have a venting tool or descending device rigged and ready to use. The use of a venting tool or descending device helps the fish deal with barotrauma or a rapid change in pressure by being reeled to the surface from deeper water. The venting tool releases the pressure in the fish’s swim bladder, allowing it to descend naturally. A descending device lowers the fish back to the reef area and releases the fish at depth.
To learn more about this year's red snapper season, visit Outdoor Alabama.
Grab your rod and head to Alabama's beautiful beaches this year to catch red snapper!