It’s that time of year again…
THE SNAPPENING 2019
This weekend represents the first of two open — but very limited — windows to recreationally catch and keep Red Snapper on the Atlantic Coast this year! The dates are as follows:
- THE SNAPPENING (PART I)
Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th
- THE SNAPPENING (PART II)
Friday, July 19th – Saturday, July 20th
Anglers will finally be able to (legally) take home these delicious fish that are caught-and-released seemingly to no end, year-round, on the reefs and wrecks off Florida’s east coast. But, due to the very apparent disconnect between the observable abundance of these fish and the extremely limited opportunity to keep them, the fishery’s management has become quite a polarizing subject. It’s difficult to have a conversation on the topic that’s not pervaded by sarcasm and negativity. These attitudes, combined with the pandemonium brought by the frenzied crowds of open harvest, often result in incidents borne in frustration.
Remember, fishing is supposed to be fun. Make the most of this year’s SNAPPENING by being mindful of others and maintaining a positive attitude. Here are just a few suggestions on how to frame common red snapper season frustrations in a more positive light:
- Don’t think of it as only being able to bring home a single fish — instead, think of the time you’ll save by not having to clear out any extra space in the freezer.
- Don’t dread the 4am fire drill to get to the log jam at the boat ramp — consider it invaluable evacuation prep for the upcoming hurricane season.
- When your kids are driving you nuts, don’t dwell on how your spouse convinced you to have another; right now, each needy, chicken-nugget devouring minion represents one additional fish in the cooler.
Keep etiquette in mind, don’t lose your cool, stay light-hearted, be safe, and make the most of your one-fish bag limit! Also, it’s a great time to consider convenient boat storage options at Sunrise Marina, and remember that if you encounter a problem on the water, a Sea Tow membership can be worth its weight in gold.
…and just in case you need a reminder of how crazy things can get on the way to the ramp, just check out Sunrise Marina’s clip from last year’s red snapper season: