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Fall red snapper season begins

The fall red snapper season kicked off today along the Gulf Coast. Fishermen have from now until October 15 to catch snapper in federal waters. And they can do so until October 22 in Florida waters.

Channel 3's Joe Douglass has more from a charter fishing boat that launched from Orange Beach.

The boat's rockin'!   The fish are floppin'! And everybody's having a good time.
...well, except for the fish.

Barbara, Recreational Fisherman: "Look at him! He's gorgeous!  He fought. He was a fighter. But I beat him."
   
For the 35 recreational fishermen aboard the Emerald Spirit charter boat, it was a day of victories and small defeats.

Chauncey Vickers, Recreational Fisherman: "I've had two to break off, and I've caught some."

George Astin, Recreational Fisherman: "Once they get hooked, they're jerkin' every way. You can tell the difference between other fish and a red snapper. Grouper just take off pullin'. Snapper are jerking each every way, trying to get loose."

Capt. George Pfeiffer, Action Charter Service: "I've been sittin' on the dock for three weeks and all of a sudden I've got 35 people on board for the day."
   
Captain George Pfeiffer owns Action Charter Service, the company that organized and ran our trip. He couldn't be happier that red snapper season is back.

Capt. George Pfeiffer, Action Charter Service: "It's a big thing. It brings customers down here. It puts heads in beds."
George Astin, Recreational Fisherman: "It's wonderful. It's exhilarating."
Chauncey Vickers, Recreational Fisherman: "Just the enjoyment of being out here with other people, watchin' them, catchin' fish...That's enjoyable."

We recreational fishermen caught our limit for the day of two red snapper each.