New rules might change summer fishing on the Gulf
We are moving rapidly toward summer. Spring winds should subside.
Summer is the season that the offshore, deep-sea fishermen wait for all year. The deep blue water beckons — but several mitigating factors may influence fishing in the Gulf this summer.
On Feb. 8, over the strong objections of state agency representatives from Louisiana, Texas and Florida, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to implement an emergency rule that could shorten the recreational red snapper fishing season in federal waters off the Texas coast to as few as 12 days and to nine days off the Louisiana coast, down from a projected 22-day season.