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40 day long Red Snapper season announced!

To everyone's surprise, Gov. Scott and FWC announced a 40-day long Red Snapper season instead of the previously proposed 24 day season.
The season will run June 11th through July 21st. This includes both state and federal water.
Private recreational vessels, as well as for-hire operations without a federal reef fish permit, are included in this extension but are limited to reef fish in Gulf state waters only.

“Florida is an important access point throughout the nation and world for recreational red snapper fishing,” said FWC Chairman Bo Rivard. “With other Gulf states setting longer seasons than what Florida had initially proposed, it was important for us to find a fair resolution that would provide equal access to red snapper in Florida. FWC worked collaboratively with NOAA Fisheries to come up with a season that would provide access to all of those that choose Florida as their fishing destination. We appreciate the leadership from Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn and we are excited to announce that extension today.”

We here at Half Hitch are stoked for 40 days of getting out there and catching some beautiful Red Snapper!

 

 

Below is a copy of the original article posted by FWC. 

Gov. Scott and FWC announce 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters

April 17, 2018

Suggested Tweet: 40-day recreational red snapper season announced by @FLGovScott and @MyFWC for Gulf waters: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1ea5346 #fishing #Florida  

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Gov. Scott and FWC announce 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gov. Rick Scott are excited to announce a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters. A 24-day season was originally proposed.

Gov. Scott said, “Florida is a premier fishing destination and saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has a $7.6 billion economic impact in our state every year. Adding additional opportunities for anglers to enjoy Florida’s world-class fishing not only benefits our visitors but also our Gulf Coast communities. I am pleased to announce this extension today, and encourage visitors and residents to start planning their summer fishing trips.”

“Florida is an important access point throughout the nation and world for recreational red snapper fishing,” said FWC Chairman Bo Rivard. “With other Gulf states setting longer seasons than what Florida had initially proposed, it was important for us to find a fair resolution that would provide equal access to red snapper in Florida. FWC worked collaboratively with NOAA Fisheries to come up with a season that would provide access to all of those that choose Florida as their fishing destination. We appreciate the leadership from Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn and we are excited to announce that extension today.”  

Florida will be setting the season in 2018 and 2019 in both state and federal waters through a fishery-management pilot program (also referred to as an Exempted Fishing Permit). The 2018 proposed season would open June 11 and close July 21.

This recreational season will include those fishing for red snapper from private recreational vessels. For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit are also included but are limited to targeting reef fish in Gulf state waters only.

This Exempted Fishing Permit will not apply to commercial fishermen or for-hire operations with a valid federal reef fish permit.

To share your comments or input on Gulf red snapper, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

Learn more about snapper at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers” and don’t forget to sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey via GoOutdoorsFlorida.com if you plan to target snapper or other reef fish from a private vessel.

2 Day 2018 Penn Rep Visit

PENN SPECIAL EVENT AT HALF HITCH TACKLE. 

Come Meet Penn Reps at the Destin and Panama City Beach Locations! 

Destin: 3-28-2018 & 3-29-2018 (9am-4pm)

Panama City Beach: 3-30-2018 & 3-31-2018 (9am-4pm)

Not only will these reps. answer all your questions about their quality products and more, there are insane DEALS offered only once a year! 

 
Spend $99.99 on Penn get a FREE Penn hat. 


Spend $100-$149.99 and get a FREE Penn t-shirt


Spend $150-$199.99 and get a FREE Penn t-shirt and hat


Spend $200 and get a FREE waterproof Bluetooth speaker or a 2017 Penn dry bag


Buy Ugly Stick and get a FREE Ugly Stick dry bag


Buy any Penn reel or combo over $100 and get up to 200yrds of Spiderwire FREE

 

 

Gulf Grey Triggerfish opens March 1st (new bag and size limits)

 

Gulf Grey Triggerfish opens March 1st (new bag and size limits)

 

The Gulf Triggerfish, a reef fish with a reputation for bait snatching, opens March 1st with new bag and size limits.

The new Gulf state and federal regulations on bag limit will be one fish per person, per day, and minimum size limit will be 15-inch fork length.

This new regulation has changed from the 2 per person and a 14-inch fork length last year.

 

Triggerfish live near hard bottom ledges and artificial reefs. They tend to stay in water depths that exceed 50 feet and are commonly found with Red Snapper because they share the same habitat preferences. Triggerfish are a schooling fish and are often found in large numbers. 

 

Triggerfish love to eat crabs, sea urchins, and shrimp. Because of their appetite for benthic invertebrates (that tend to have hard exoskeletons), they have hard boney mouths. These mouths make them notorious bait stealers when fishing for Red Snapper. Triggerfish get their name for their anterior dorsal fin which can easily lay down and pop up like a trigger and lock in place. 

Triggerfish are a reef fish and require the use of circle hooks to fish for. We recommend using an Owner Mutu #2 or #4 circle hook

Before you fish for Triggerfish in Gulf state or Federal waters this season, you have to first sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal required).

Got to http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/gulf-reef-fish-survey/ to read more.

 

The annual closures for Triggerfish are in January, February, June, and July. 

The state record catch for a Gulf Grey Triggerfish is 12lbs 7oz caught near Pensacola July 15th, 2001.

 

 

Emerald Coast Boat Show 2018

 

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show

 

March 2nd-4th 2018 at Aaron Bessant Park

 

 

The Emerald Coast Boat Show is SO much more than boats!

Learn about fishing tips and tricks with our seminars.

Look, learn and ask questions about some incredible products with representatives from Costa, Shimano, and Diawa!

 

You can also check out some #RealFunBoats from MarineMax and Legendary Marine. MarineMax also has a form you can fill out on their website guaranteeing you a tour around the boat of your choice!

 

 

Fishing Seminars

 

  

Friday: Learn about SURF FISHING with Tim Broom from Half Hitch, and Cobia fishing with Chad Linkous from Shimano. Learn how to catch some Blackfin tuna at the rigs and basics from Bluewater Fishing Capt Jim Little, a Daiwa Pro Staffer! Lastly, learn to inshore fish with Ron Barwick from Half Hitch! 

 

Saturday: Learn how to catch King Mackerel with Capt Judah Barbee, a Daiwa Pro Staffer. Learn Rigging Ballyhoo with Capt Kevin Kaple and how to catch daytime swordfish, Adam Peeples.

 

Also, learn about bottom Fishing with Capt Justin Destin Daiwa Pro Staffer.

 

Sunday is a whole Half Hitch line up! Learn to inshore fish with Ron Barwick, Tarpon fish with Tim Broom and kayak fishing with David Posey.

 

Rob Cochran from Half Hitch will be doing Cobia Jig tying, cast netting, and braid splicing during non-seminar times all three days, he will be available to anyone with questions!

 

 

 

Fishing Seminar Schedule

Friday 

11 am ----Surf Fishing

 

1 pm ---Cobia Fishing

 

2:30-----Blackfin Tuna Fishing at the rigs and basics

4:00----Inshore fishing

 

Saturday

 

11 am -----King Mackerel Fishing

 

1 pm ----Rigging Ballyhoo

 

2:30 pm ---- Daytime Swordfish

 

4:00 ---Bottom Fishing 

Sunday

11 am ------Inshore Fishing

1 pm ---Tarpon Fishing

 

3 pm -----Kayak Fishing

 

This boat show encompasses what the beach lifestyle means: fishing, fitness, boating, cycling, kayaking, outdoors, paddle boards, personal watercraft and tips from the pros! Come Check it out and make sure to stop by our tent to learn from the pros! 

Schedule:

Fri. March 2nd,10am-5pm   "LOCALS DAY"

Sat. March 3rd, 10am-5pm  "LADIES DAY" 

Sun. March 4th, 10am-5pm "MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY"

Ticket Prices:

Adults - $10

2 Day Pass - $15

Kids (12 and under) - Free 

Locals Day (Friday) - $5 entry with local ID

Military (active and retired) - $5 entry each day with ID

 

 

 

                                                 

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