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Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: May 1, 2014
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BRADENTON -- Gulf snook season will close on May 1. FWC approved new a sea cucumber and lionfish management plan. Red snapper season has been set for May 24 through July 15. A cold front will settle over the region on Thursday and remain in place through Saturday. The front will move southeast of the waters on Sunday as high pressure builds in from the northwest.
- Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures protect Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.
- Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.
- Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational harvest Sept. 1.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April meeting near Tallahassee established a commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers in both state and federal waters.
- This change will go into effect June 1. The Commission chose this limit today after considering potential management options. The change was requested by the existing commercial fishery as a proactive conservation measure.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the Gulf recreational red snapper season in state waters April 16 at a meeting near Tallahassee. The season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24 this year) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15.
- Starting the season the Saturday before Memorial Day will provide recreational red snapper fishing through an important holiday weekend, helping attract more visitors and bringing economic benefits to our coastal communities.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April 16 meeting in Tallahassee moved forward with a proposal to create a Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System that would help improve recreational reef fish data collection in Florida Gulf waters. This new system would help determine how many anglers are targeting reef fish in the Gulf. A sample of these anglers would be surveyed to provide more accurate catch and effort data for reef fish trips.
- This proposal will be brought back before the Commission at its June meeting in Fort Myers for a final public hearing.
- If approved, private recreational anglers fishing from a boat in Gulf state waters (excluding Monroe County), including those 65 and older, would be required to take part in the Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System to harvest or possess any of the following reef fish: red and vermilion snapper; gag, black and red grouper; gray triggerfish; greater and lesser amberjack; banded rudderfish; and almaco jack.
- Anglers, captain and crew aboard for-hire vessels would not be required to partake in the data-collection system because they already have their own survey. Anglers under 16 years of age and those fishing from a vessel with a vessel recreational fishing license would also be exempt.
- The lionfish is an invasive species that threatens Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. With that in mind, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 16 moved forward with steps to combat the spread of invasive lionfish.
- Changes proposed by FWC staff at today’s meeting near Tallahassee will be brought back before the Commission at its June meeting in Fort Myers for final approval. Changes include:
- Prohibiting the importation of live lionfish;
- Prohibiting the development of aquaculture of lionfish;
- Allowing the harvest of lionfish when diving with a rebreather, a device that recycles air and allows divers to remain in the water for longer periods of time; and
- Increasing opportunities that will allow participants in approved tournaments and other organized events to spear lionfish or other invasive species in areas where spearfishing is not allowed. This will be done through a permitting system.
A cold front across the northern Gulf of Mexico will stall overnight before moving through the waters late Saturday and Saturday night. Scattered to numerous showers and storms are expected over the coastal waters later tonight into at least the first half of Saturday as the boundary makes its way through. Cautionary level winds and seas are expected in the wake of the front Saturday before high pressure becomes established over the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the early portion of next week...resulting in light winds and low seas.
South winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight.
2014/05/01 Thu 03:40 AM 1.37 H
2014/05/01 Thu 08:00 AM 1.02 L
2014/05/01 Thu 01:47 PM 2.43 H
2014/05/01 Thu 10:03 PM -0.23 L
Southwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Numerous showers in the morning with isolated thunderstorms during the day. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Friday night will bring southwest winds around 5 knots then becoming south 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
2014/05/02 Fri 04:28 AM 1.32 H
2014/05/02 Fri 08:28 AM 1.08 L
2014/05/02 Fri 02:20 PM 2.39 H
2014/05/02 Fri 10:46 PM -0.16 L
Variable winds around 10 knots then becoming north in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms. Saturday night will bring north winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers.
2014/05/03 Sat 05:22 AM 1.29 H
2014/05/03 Sat 09:00 AM 1.13 L
2014/05/03 Sat 02:58 PM 2.29 H
2014/05/03 Sat 11:33 PM -0.08 L
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Sunday night will bring north winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/05/04 Sun 06:27 AM 1.3 H
2014/05/04 Sun 09:44 AM 1.2 L
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