Anglers in Florida can try their hand at catching one of the state's premier fish, snook, March 1.
From March 1 through April 30, snook season will be open in Florida's Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Anglers need a permit in order to keep any fish caught, and may keep one snook per day in the waters of the Gulf.
In order to keep the fish, it must be no less than 28 inches long and no more than 33 inches. To measure the snook, close the mouth and measure from the most forward point back to farthest tip of the tail while on its side. The tail should be compressed for measuring purposes.
Besides a snook permit, anglers also need a saltwater fishing license, barring certain exemptions. Only hook-and-line gear may be used when fishing for the species.
After filleting the catch, researchers are asking that the carcass be dropped off to the FWC at a participating bait and tackle shop. Researchers use the carcasses to collect data such as size, age, and sex of the fish.