SNAPPER FISHING SEASON:
Fishing was just great for Red
Snapper. We had BIG Red Snapper coming in up to 21 lbs. each. The boats
limited out every trip. NMFS says we have no Red Snapper I think their
data is very flawed.........
July is a great month for all fishing to begin behind the shrimp boats
offshore. I believe the start up date is the 15th of July. We will start
seeing nice size Spinner and Blacktip Sharks coming in along with limits
of Kingfish, Ling and Dorado Dolphin.
If you are fishing on your own boats please call in your Red Snapper catch
(SEE INFORMATION BELOW). We also have cards to give you at South Bay
Marina with the information on it.
Bay fishing has been great with some nice Speckled Trout, Redfish and
Black Drum coming in.
The live bait is available with Croaker looking good and perfect size,
Shrimp and Piggy perch are still small but starting to show up. Fresh
menhaden (Chad) has also been a great choice for catching Redfish.
The weather is wonderful time to plan that great adventure out on the
water. Give us a call we will be happy to assist you anyway we can.....
News Release: May 19, 2014
Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701,
Reporting Program Aims to Ensure Texas Anglers Get Share of Red Snapper
AUSTIN– Red snapper are a favorite among anglers for its tenacious
fight and, arguably, as the tastiest fish in the Gulf. But management of
the species over the years has been challenging and controversial.
In light of those challenges, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Coastal
Fisheries Division staff is asking recreational anglers for assistance to
help manage red snapper.
Beginning June 1, Texas anglers (with the
exception of party boat anglers) are asked to report their red snapper
landings via a short online survey at www.tpwd.texas.gov/snapper. At the
end of each day’s trip or soon afterwards, parties that land red snapper
are asked to submit basic information about the trip’s total red snapper
catch, the date it occurred, number of fish landed, etc. Only one person
needs to report for the entire angling party. Anglers fishing from
party boats are exempt from reporting as the captain reports for you.
Party boats are generally larger boats where people pay per person, as
opposed to paying a single fee (for one or more persons) for a guided
This data will be used in conjunction with
current harvest monitoring programs, and will be useful in designing
future harvest monitoring programs. It will also serve as an indicator of
the health of the red snapper fishery off Texas shores. “Anglers are
strongly encouraged to report their landings,” said Robin Riechers, TPWD
Coastal Fisheries Division Director. “Not only does it help manage the
fishery, but it allows all red snapper anglers to get involved in the
management of the species.”
Texas and the other four Gulf states, cooperatively with National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS), manage red snapper in federal waters. One of the
key pieces of information in the management of the red snapper fishery is
the total recreational harvest, that is, how many red snapper are landed
by recreational anglers in a given year.
Texas state waters (less than 9 nautical miles from shore) are open
year-round for red snapper with a four fish bag limit and a minimum size
limit of 15 inches. Regulations in federal waters (greater than 9 nautical
miles from shore) may differ from state regulations. This year, the
recreational season in federal waters will run June 1-9 with a two fish
daily bag limit and 16-inch minimum length limit. For more information on
federal fisheries regulations go to
www.gulfcouncil.org or call toll-free
While TPWD currently performs routine dockside creel surveys to monitor
the landings and fishing effort for a variety of species along the Texas
coast, this pilot program will utilize angler reported data to compliment
these routine surveys allowing for better estimation of the recreational
red snapper landings in the state.
If you have further questions
regarding red snapper management and/or the reporting program, contact the
TPWD Coastal Fisheries office at (512) 389-2011.