Limit is one fish per person
NOAA Fisheries and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council have announced a 2-day season for red snapper in federal waters off the Carolina coastlines. The 2023 season will open at 12:01 a.m. on July 14 and close at 12:01 a.m. on July 16.
Recreational anglers have a bag limit of one per person, per day. This limit is the same for private boats or for-hire vessels. The captain and crew of for-hire vessels may keep their recreational bag limit. These fish have no size limit.
All boats engaged in snapper and/or grouper fishing must have a descending device on board. The device must have at least 16 ounces of weight, a minimum of 60 feet of line, and must be readily available.
In 2022, South Carolina passed a law to keep red snapper season open year-round in state waters. While in South Carolina’s state waters, anglers may keep two fish per person, per day, with a minimum size limit of 20 inches.
Unlike South Carolina, North Carolina has no separate season for red snapper within state waters. North Carolina is the only state in the South Atlantic region that does not have regulations on red snapper within state waters.