FWC: Snook harvest season to reopen on September 1
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MATLACHA, Fla. - If you've been craving the taste of snook, you're in luck. Florida Fish and Wildlife has lifted the recreational snook fishing closure
"I believe the fishery will support it," said Chris Stanford, of St. James City. He added, "I probably will target snook a little bit more."
On a hot, spring day in Matlacha, Stanford brought his snook-catching expertise to the dock.
"When you catch 'em and you bring 'em into the boat, don't just hang them up by their bottom lip," suggested Stanford. "Support their whole body weight." And if you were to get a fish that you caught, and you got him in the freezer, don't keep another one until you eat that one."
Stanford is looking forward to September 1. The day snook harvest season will reopen in the Gulf for the first time in three years. A cold snap caused massive fish kills in late 2009, leading Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) to limit snook fishing to catch-and-release only.
"A lot of folks that have wanted to take a snook home for dinner at the right place and time will be able to do so now," said Amanda Nalley, a spokesperson with FWC.
Fishing restrictions will return to what they were before the ban. A bag limit of one fish per person. The snook must be bigger than 28 inches and smaller than 33 inches, it must be caught with a hook and line not a net and spear.
For Chris Stanford, the challenge of reeling one, he says, is like breathing.
"I had somebody say that i was probably a little bit obsessed with it but i prefer the word passionate," said Stanford.
If you're caught busting the snook fishing regulations you could face up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.