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Old 06-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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We are coming to Gulf Shores July 11 - 15. Would like to fish for snapper. Is our only option to drive to Pensacola for a charter? Thanks for your response.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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We are coming to Gulf Shores July 11 - 15. Would like to fish for snapper. Is our only option to drive to Pensacola for a charter? Thanks for your response.
Snapper will be closed, so you may not want to target them. You can catch a charter out of Orange Beach just as easily as Pcola.
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Snapper will be closed, so you may not want to target them. You can catch a charter out of Orange Beach just as easily as Pcola.
This is not true. Snapper will be open in FL state waters until July 14th, closing on the 15th at 12am.

http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/r...f-red-snapper/

To the OP, yes you can drive to Pensacola and book a charter that is fishing state waters on the 11th through 14th and be able to keep your daily limit.
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Is there anywhere closer to gulf shores than Pensacola in Florida To charter a boat?
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Is there anywhere closer to gulf shores than Pensacola in Florida To charter a boat?
Not if you are wanting to catch red snapper, because that's the first pass going into Florida. You can not possess the red snapper coming from Florida water if you come out of orange beach.
Orange beach has plenty of charters but you cannot keep red snapper
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The fish must be landed where it is legal to catch them. You could charter in Pensacola, catch snapper and return to the dock in Florida, drive back to Gulf shores with your snapper in the cooler, just keep our boat ticket handy in case.
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Saw a local guide at an Orange Beach marina cleaning red snapper for his clients the first week of July. The explanation was they were "Florida snapper" although he took them off of his boat tied to the dock.

Good luck with that explanation if caught by the AL authorities. He jeopardized a citation for his clients.
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Yes, it is a confusing scenerio to some. Since Florida has a longer snapper season, it can cause a problem for those who don't understand the rule. You have to dock in florida with your "Florida" red snapper catch.
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