Originally Posted by jamesw
I have a big boat so that would work great for me.
However I would actually support adding the extra days at the end of the season as I doubt there will be great fishing weather for smaller boats May 23rd-June 1.
The current way the system is set up almost impossible to set an end date before season starts. The end date of the season is based on the catch rate for that year, avg of what is being caught is used to figure the end date. They will give an estimated end date, but chances are high just like last year it will change.
They can easily move the start date, and if weather is horrible and no one gets to fish guess what, it does not effect when the season will end.
Kinda like deer season starts, be smarter and better if they started the REC snapper season on a Saturday, not a Monday. I would prefer a Friday as it is easy for me to sneak out when I want too, but know for the majority it is not.
Originally Posted by Blutarsky
I agree. It won't happen, but I would vote for a July 1 start date. Better weather, miss Memorial Day but get Labor Day, and get some overlap with amberjack season which should open August 1st.
This could be possible, but would expect TPWD would want input from REC fishermen before making such a large change in the start date. If you email them and ask, they may put it up for discussion in the yearly scoping meetings, or as far as an online vote.
But I would hope that very soon the season will start Saturday before memorial day and run thru labor day. This would be the perfect red snapper season for RECs.