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Snapper Season Closes in Federal Waters

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The Fall red snapper season in Gulf federal waters has come to a close. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reopened the season for 14 days this month, after a short season in June.

It was a bittersweet day for fisherman at the Captain Anderson's Marina, where many were blessed with beautiful weather and a great day on the water.

"Plenty of snapper, big huge snapper. We caught some other fish. I don't know their name, but they were nice," said John Scruggs, who is visiting Panama City Beach from Atlanta, Georgia. "It's all going to look good on the grill."

Scruggs and some of his friends spent their Columbus Day fishing aboard the "Kelley Girl."

"The snapper is something we rely on here in the Panhandle, just having them helps out with the business," said Kory Freed, Captain of the Kelley Girl.

Freed said the additional 14 day season helped his charter trips tremendously.

However, he wasn't able to take advantage of every day. While the panhandle didn't see a lot of effects from Tropical Storm Karen, she would have been felt nine or more nautical miles off shore.

"It's just too rough for us to go out. The people are scared to death anytime they hear a tropical storm."

As Freed wrapped up one of the shortest snapper seasons in years, he hopes for a longer season and beautiful weather next year. So Scruggs and everyone can enjoy hooking the red snapper.

The Fall snapper season in state waters, from the shore to nine nautical miles, remains open until October 22nd.

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