Anyone who knows me knows that I am really into scuba diving.
These days I spend most of my time underwater in the caves of the North Florida spring systems… but when I was a kid growing up in the Florida Keys it was all saltwater for me!
We had a boat on a canal at home, and would pop out to the Gulf to catch dinner all the time. Yes, that was my childhood <3
Spearfishing is a ton of fun, and it’s the local thing to do if you’re a scuba diver living in the Tampa Bay area. People get up before dawn, pile into their boats, and head out to the Middlegrounds… or they get up later and head for some secret spots a lot closer to the mainland.
Before you jump in a boat with your pointy stick, make sure you know the rules about spearfishing in and around Florida.
And get to know what species you’ll be fishing for and what the rules are for collecting those fish (seasons, sizes, etc).
2020 Fall Gulf Red Snapper Seasonfrom myfwc.com
The Gulf fall red snapper season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations in the Gulf of Mexico will be open the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. During this season, private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters. However, state for-hire operations who do not have a federal for-hire reef fish permit are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only.