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Red snapper season to reopen Friday

Photo courtesy of Cole Wyatt

Mississippi’s red snapper season will open once again. 

The original season closed earlier this summer but the 138,000-pound limit was not reached. Mississippi fishermen will have the chance to get out and fish for red snapper this weekend. According to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resouces, the season will open on Friday at 12:01 a.m. and close on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

While the preliminary estimates from the ‘Tails ‘n Scales’ reporting system indicated that the annual catch target for the recreational fishery was going to be reached, this was not the case. 

After the initial season was closed, it has been reopened twice – once in July and once in August. If numbers are still not met after this weekend, the season could reopen. The MDMR could also decide to reopen the season due to poor weather. 

For those who will head out to take advantage of the weekend, you are limited to two red snappers daily with each catch being at least 16 inches (40 centimeters) long.

All anglers must register their trips through MDMR’s Tails n’ Scales program, which is available through a smartphone app, a website and a call center. Anglers must register in the system and create a trip before fishing for Red Snapper. 

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