Listen Now! Two-day recreational red snapper season has Atlantic anglers red in the face

Tim Walters
Treasure Coast Newspapers

In pirate lore, dead men tell no tales.

So, by logic, survivors would have lots of tales to tell, right?

One such survivor of the sea with great tales to tell is Ed Killer, outdoors reporter for the Treasure Coast Newspapers and

Ed’s been covering Florida’s East Coast — and the entire state, really — for more than three decades.

His family has been in the Fort Pierce area since the late 1800s, so he’s a true Floridian.

Ed is the latest guest on “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA Today Network.

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Recreational red snapper season only lasts two days in the Atlantic.

Ed is a frequent guest of the show as he fills us in on a wide range of topics affecting Florida's outdoors scene.

This time around, Ed will be talking about the upcoming red snapper season, an event that only lasts two days for Atlantic recreational anglers.

By contrast, commercial Atlantic fishermen get six months of red snapper season, while Gulf Coast anglers get more than 60 days.

What gives when it comes to Atlantic recreational anglers? Ed will tell us.

“The math of fisheries science is always something that's puzzling to everybody who's involved with it,” Ed says during the podcast. "Their assessment for how many red snapper are accessible to Atlantic Coast anglers is that there's much fewer available to those people than there are in the Gulf of Mexico. So that's the first reason why there's a disparity in the number of fishing days."

Ed goes on to explain other reasons.

Ed also gives his best estimate as to when the noxious sargassum weed will finally take its leave from Florida beaches. It's currently thick and the odor can be tough, especially for people with respiratory issues.

In addition, Ed will be talking about lobster mini-season, which is coming July 26-27.

Traditionally a time where people take to the Florida Keys for a two-day frenzy, this mini-season can be as dangerous for the people diving for the lobster as it is for the lobsters themselves.

Ed will tell us why.

He’ll also break down the best places in the state to go for the upcoming scallop harvest season, which runs from July 1 through September.

Other topics will include the recently-started hurricane season and upcoming hunts for lionfish and pythons.

Who knows, maybe he’ll regale us with some sea shanties? Maybe not.

If you love outdoor life in Florida, and you plan to enjoy it during the summer, then you need to listen to what Ed has to say.

It very well could save you from ending up in Davey Jones’ locker.

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