NOAA  announced the 2017 federal recreational red snapper season this week and offshore fishermen aren’t exactly thrilled with what amounts to the shortest red snapper season in history.

Federally-permitted charter boats for hire will have a 49-day season ending July 20.

Private recreational anglers fishing in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will have only three days beginning Thursday, June 1 and ending Saturday, June 3 to catch two fish at least 16 inches long.

That's despite all Gulf state fisheries setting much more liberal dates and limits in their own state waters.

Everyone’s  hoping  for 3 days of light winds and calm seas!