Captain Judy - Limited Harvest of Red Snapper

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    LIMITED HARVEST OF RED SNAPPER TO BE ALLOWED IN SEPTEMBER

Georgia DNR Needs Help From Anglers

September 7, 2012 – BRUNSWICK – The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved a request by NOAA Fisheries to allow limited harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers can harvest red snapper September 14 through 16 and again on September 21 through 23. Each angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction. 

Georgia DNR is working with NOAA Fisheries in an effort to collect data on the South Atlantic red snapper population.  These data will be used to estimate harvest, discards, and fishing effort and to determine the age, size, and growth of red snapper in the population.  There are several ways that Georgia anglers can help.

Anglers can place filleted red snapper carcasses in chest freezers located at fishing access points along the Georgia coast (go to www.coastalgadnr.org to find a list of locations). Over the past decade, the Carcass Recovery Project has collected thousands of fish carcasses that help inform biologists of the size, age and gender of saltwater fish being harvested by anglers.  Each freezer has catch cards and plastic bags to be used by participating anglers. DNR staff will check carcass freezers each afternoon during the days when red snapper harvest is allowed. One lucky angler who participates in this special effort will receive a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

Anglers can also provide information about their red snapper fishing trip by going to www.coastalgadnr.org and completing a short survey. The survey includes questions about the date of trip, length of trip and departure location, as well as depth fished and the number and size of fish harvested and released. Anglers who provide their name and contact information will be eligible for a drawing to receive a $100 gift card from Bass Pro Shops.

Finally, CRD staff will be conducting routine interviews at boating access points so they can intercept red snapper anglers to collect information on their fishing trip and catch. Anglers are encouraged to participate in these dockside surveys by answering questions and allowing their catch to be processed for biological data.  

“Angler reports and our underwater observations during artificial reef monitoring indicate there are large numbers of red snapper at several locations offshore Georgia. So, anglers will probably not have difficulty catching their one fish limit. Studies show that post-release mortality for red snapper averages 40% (4 out of 10 released red snapper die) so we hope that anglers will cease fishing for red snapper once everyone onboard has their limit,” explains Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division. “If anglers elect to stay in the area to fish for other bottom-dwelling species, they should be prepared to release any incidentally-caught red snapper as soon as possible. Recent research has shown that bottom-dwelling species like red snapper survive much better when returned to the bottom instead of released at the surface. Recompressing, as this technique is known, is better than venting, which has been the norm for many years.”  Information on recompression techniques and equipment can be found at www.fishsmart.com

The recreational harvest of red snapper in federal waters will be allowed from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 14, 2012 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012 and again from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 21, 2012 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012.  During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit.

The commercial harvest of red snapper in federal waters will be allowed from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012.  During the open commercial season, the trip limit is 50 pounds gutted weight and there is no minimum size limit. 

More information on red snapper regulations in federal waters can be found at www.safmc.net or at www.sero.nmfs.gov.

Carcass Recovery Project Freezer Locations

 

County

Freezer Location

Phone Number

Latitude

Longitude

Chatham

Bahia Blue Marina

912-354-2283

32.03165

-81.04897

Chatham

Coffee Bluff Marina

912-925-7474

31.93666

-81.15394

Chatham

Hogan's Marina

912-897-3474

32.01298

-80.98838

Chatham

Landings Yacht Club

912-598-1901

31.95783

-81.01082

Chatham

Tybee Island Marina

912-786-5554

32.01331

-80.88298

Bryan

Fort McAllister Marina

912-727-2632

31.8861

-81.21274

Liberty

Half Moon

912-884-5819

31.69512

-81.27173

McIntosh

Shellman Bluff Marina

912-832-4331

31.5686

-81.32188

Glynn

GADNR Coastal Resources

912-264-7218 (M-F)

31.12497

-81.47869

Glynn

Two-Way Fish Camp

912-265-0410

31.32797

-81.44607

Camden

Crooked River State Park

N/A

30.84539

-81.55975

Camden

Lang's Marina

912-882-4452

30.72063

-81.55204

 

 GENUINE RED SNAPPER OPENS FOR SIX ENTIRE DAYS!

The recreational fishing season will open for two consecutive weekends made up of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays…Recreational fisherman can keep red snapper on these days only….one fish person per day with no minimum size limit.

1st weekend

September 14, 2012 Friday

September 15, 2012 Saturday

September 16, 2012 Sunday

2nd weekend

September 21, 2012 Friday

September 22, 2012 Saturday

September 23, 2012 Sunday

The bottom line…

The good news is that we are going to get to keep a few red snapper.  Now, for the bad news, according to sources, this could be our last time for this type of opening.  It’s been said, the fisheries are cooking up a good and fast curve ball to throw at us fishermen next year!! Best had put your gloves on!!

Please remember to always check fishery regulations before heading out to fish!

Web Site for South Atlantic Fisheries

http://www.safmc.net/

(Most of the current closings/regulations (very formative)  are always listed on the right side of the page)

If you want to email…any comments

safmc@safmc.net (email)

 

Tracey Stewart and her big trophy red fish!!

Tracy

I am putting Tracey’s picture in the fishing report again this week, because I messed up her name.  Her name is Tracey Stewart not Tracey Stephens!!  Please forgive me and once again this is a very nice red fish!!!

A spotted Sea Trout and a fisherman

“The True Love Story!”

Fish kisses

A spotted sea trout and a fisherman!!

Although it’s hot and it seems like summer time is the still in the baking mode better bite patterns in regards to the inshore fisheries have prevailed.

Inshore fishermen are getting a touch of what the cooler temperature might bring.  The inshore bite has picked up offering fishermen a more solid bite.  They have been catching keeper red fish, which is also called slot reds. (14 inch TL min to 23 inch TL maximum)  What amazes me the most is the fact that there are as many big trophy reds being caught as there are keeper size.  As the tide started flooding the marshes on Wednesday September 6, 2012 keeper reds picked at the bait offering up some pretty solid action.   However, when the grass was covered the big boys also known as the trophy reds went into a feeding frenzy.  Best baits suspended under small adjustable corks have been mud minnows and shrimp.  You know the old saying everything eats a shrimp!!

 

Thanks for reading!!  Captain Judy 

 

CAPTAIN JUDY HELMEY

“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA 31410

(912) 897-4921

(912) 897-3460 FAX

www.missjudycharters.com

Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com

 

 

 

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