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Florida Snook Season Kicks Off September 1

Florida snook season is one of the reasons the state is considered the fishing capital.

Snook, the unique and amazingly fun to catch fish that makes Florida a fishing haven, will be open for anglers on September 1, 2014, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will monitor the recreational harvest of the state’s premier game fish.

A strict one fish per angler, per day limit is incorporated into the snook season, and a recreational Florida fishing license, plus a special snook permit is required to harvest them.

Here’s some more seasonal information from the FWC:

Snook are closed to harvest Dec. 1 through the end of February and May 1 through Aug. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park. In Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, snook is closed Dec. 15 through Jan. 31 and June 1 through Aug. 31.

More regulations help the FWC manage the snook populations, and anglers are encouraged to use care and moderation when determining whether or not to take one home.

In the Atlantic, snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. In the Gulf, they must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length.

For those setting their sights for snook, the season awaits.

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Florida Snook Season Kicks Off September 1