Red snapper, which have been off limits to fishermen since Jan. 4, 2010, will be in season once again, starting Friday in the waters off the East Coast from Florida to North Carolina.
The reason for this snapper season is to gauge the population and health of the species, which marine biologists warned was overfished and led to a U.S. government ban two years ago.
The recreational red snapper season has a pair of start and stop dates. Snapper are legal starting Friday through Sunday. Red snapper may be fished again next weekend, Sept. 21-23.
While this catch is serious business, two area organizations are holding red snapper fishing tournaments to celebrate the mini season.
Inlet Harbor plans Snapperpalooza fishing tournaments on Saturday and Sept. 22. The entry fee is $100 per boat (up to eight anglers) for each day of fishing. The weigh-in will be from 2 to 6 p.m. both days.
The Halifax Sport Fishing Club is offering an angler tournament for all six days of fishing. The cost is $25 and entries are available at Down the Hatch restaurant. The daily weigh-in will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
Actually, it might be cheaper to charter a boat since I'll only use it once, in the name of science.