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2023 Fishing Season for Red Snapper Opens June 1st in Gulf of Mexico

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

Red Snapper Guided Offshore Fishing Charter Port Aransas Texas
Red Snapper Guided Offshore Fishing Charter Port Aransas Texas

Corpus Christi Red Snapper fishing 2023

Every year, anglers of all levels of experience travel to Port Aransas for a chance to catch red snapper fish among many other types of fish from the Gulf of Mexico. The Red Snapper Season 2023 opens on June 1st and closes on August 19th 2023 according to NOAA.

How to Catch Red Snapper in Port Aransas

Red Snapper technically can be found across the Caribbean and up the Atlantic Coast, however red snapper are most common and abundant in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s said that off the coast of central Texas as well as the panhandle of Florida are the best places to go to catch Red Snapper.

If you’re thinking of deep sea fishing for red snapper this 2023 summer, you may want to consider finding a charter boat that can give you the best odds at getting your catch. Charter boat fishing in and around Port Aransas is available to those with any level of experience and groups of any size. To book your fishing adventure, first choose whether you’ll need a private charter (great for larger groups) or a party charter (an economical option for those going solo or in small groups).

BWE Deep Sea Fishing Charters offers 6, 8, & 10 hour fishing excursions that search the rocky bottoms, reefs and/or artificial reefs like offshore oil rigs where red snappers are commonly found. You have a chance to catch red snapper in any of these charter lengths, but snapper isn’t all you could reel in.

What kinds of fish can you catch in the Gulf of Mexico this summer?

The types of fish you can expect to catch off the coast of Port Aransas in the Gulf of Mexico varies depending on the time of year and how far out you’re going.

During the summer months, you can expect to find any of the following fish types at varying charter lengths:

On a 6 hour fishing trip you can expect to catch:

  • Red snapper

  • Sharks (Sandbar, Blacktip, Spinner, Atlantic Sharpnose, Bonnet head, Hammer Head)

  • King mackerel

  • Spanish Mackerel

  • Blue Fish

  • Spade fish

  • Jack Crevalle

  • Barracuda

  • Bonita

  • Ling

  • Mahi Mahi - Dolphin Fish - Dorado

  • Pompano

  • Near coastal fish

On an 8-10 hour fishing trip you can expect to catch:

  • Amberjack

  • Almaco Jack

  • Vermillion snapper

  • Grey snapper

  • Lane Snapper

  • Rainbow Runner

  • Pelagic species can be produces in summer months

  • Dorado

  • Billfish

  • Blackfin Tuna

  • Wahoo

  • Kings

  • Deep drop fish include but are not limited to: Tile fish, Barrel Fish, Grouper, Blackbelly Rose Fish, Hake, Wenchman Snapper and Sword Fish

How many Red Snapper can you catch during open season?

New DESCEND regulations for the 2023 season state that anglers can catch “2 fish per person daily with a 16-inch minimum size limit in federal waters, and 4 fish per person daily with a 15-inch minimum in state waters. Red snapper caught in federal waters count as part of the state bag limit of 4 fish. No more than 2 red snapper in federal waters and 4 red snapper in state waters may be in your possession while fishing.”

How to Book a Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Port Aransas

You can book a deep sea fishing tour in Port Aransas with a deep sea charter boat like Blue Water Excursions at or reach out for more information at or Phone: 3618001637 or CLICK HERE for info about snapper fishing

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