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Recreational fisherman get less days this year to fish for red snapper

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It's one of the most popular fish to catch, and this year, if you're hoping to hook a red snapper you're time is limited.

Every year a number of days changes. This year, recreational fisherman can only fish for red snapper three days out of the entire year but commercial charters - who have 49 days this year - say they'll take however many days, they can get. 

Jay Yeaney, Head Captain at the Fisherman's Wharf said: "We can't fish state waters so when it comes to the federal permit we're lucky to get out there for as long as we do."

Commercial charters like the Fisherman's Wharf in Port Aransas will have more days this year than last year, where they had 46 days. That's good news to those charter boats but not for the recreational fisherman who will only have three days for the entire year.

The short season is something Dr. Greg Stunz, Director for the Center for Sports Fish Science and Conservation at the Harte Research Institute, says will begin to have a direct impact on our local economy. 

Dr. Stunz said, "We won't have the hotels, Port Aransas will suffer because they won't have the tourist coming in like they normally would so we're really working on increasing that number of days to alleviate some of those economic constraints."

Red snapper season opens June 1st and is a two fish per-person limit.  The red fish season applies only to federal waters, which is anything past nine miles. Texas Parks and Wildlife says you can fish for red snapper within those nine miles -- which is state waters -- all year round.

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