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TS Karen impact on two week snapper season
GULF COAST -- This weekend should have meant big business for charter boats like the ones at Zeke's Landing in Orange Beach. Captains planned on taking out their clients to get their fill of red snapper. But now, rough weather and seas in the Gulf of Mexico have them taking another hit on an already shortened red snapper season.
Tom Steber is the president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association. He says, "We probably had out of the 45 boats that are here we probably had 35 trips planned so that part doesn't look too good right now."
The threat of tropical weather is just part of the deal here on the gulf coast. And it's never a great time for it.
Seth Wilson, a charter boat captain shares his frustration. "It really hurts this time of year, you know, when you think you're going to get a little extra income and put some money away for Christmas and then here comes a tropical storm."
Steber says, "It will hurt cause we've got most of the boats planning on fishing and some of them will be able to reschedule, but most of them will just lose that trip."
But what if the storm doesn't come here, or the seas aren't too rough? There aren't any standard rules. So it's up to the captain to make the call.
"Once it gets over about 4 feet, 4 or 5 feet, it's not safe for us to be out there, it's not safe for the people. Too many things could happen," says Wilson. "We want them to remember what kind of fish they caught, not how rough it was that day."
For now, all they can do is wait and see. Charter boat captains say they'll be keeping all eyes on the sky, but because of early cancelations the damage may have already been done.