2-day red snapper season in July for Carolina anglers

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Red snapper photo courtesy of Capt. Chuck Griffin.

Red snapper anglers must have descending devices on board

NOAA has determined anglers in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida will get a 2-day red snapper season for 2022 in the South Atlantic’s federal waters. The season will run from 12:01 a.m. on July 8 until just after midnight July 10, giving anglers the entirety of the 8 and 9 to pursue red snappers. 

All vessels fishing for snapper and grouper are required to have a descending device on board. The device must have a minimum of 16 ounces of weight attached with at least 60 feet of line. 

The red snapper season has a one fish/per person limit and no minimum or maximum size limits.

Earlier this year, South Carolina declared open season year-round on red snapper in state waters. Anglers don’t often catch these fish in state waters, but the new law allows for the harvest of the species on such occasions. Red snapper caught in these waters (within 3 miles of the coast) must be at least 20 inches total length to be harvested. Anglers are allowed to keep two per day that meet the minimum size requirement in South Carolina’s state waters.

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Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at brianc@sportsmannetwork.com.

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