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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:34

Atlantic snook season closed

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The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1.

Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal and state waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1. Snook is also closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, through Aug. 31, reopening Sept. 1.

Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. Seasonal harvest closures help conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and improve the fishery for the future.

Snook can be caught and released during the closed season, but anglers should use proper handling methods to ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more and see a video about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Anglers can report their catch on the Snook and Gamefish Foundation’s website at Snookfoundation.org by clicking on the Angler Action link in the bar at the top of the page.

Learn more about recreational fishing at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.”

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Robert Smith

Robert Smith has been kayak fishing since 2010 and considers himself lucky to call Palmetto Bay, Florida home. He is not sponsored by anyone so his opnions about products are non biased.

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