Mississippi Red Snapper

Last year, Mississippi, along with the other Gulf states, applied to NOAA for an Exempted Fishing Permit. NOAA officials approved the permits, which allow states to manage their own seasons and also allows anglers to fish out to 200 nautical miles.

The 2019 Mississippi recreational Red Snapper season will open on Friday, May 24th.

As a reminder, please make sure you are using the most recent version of the Tails n’ Scales app (3.31) that is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Updated app features include an informational banner and the ability to create new trips only during a specified time frame. Anglers will not be allowed to create trips after the season has closed; they may still provide all information to close trips.

To comply with regulations set in the Exempted Fishing permit, Mississippi reports harvest estimates to NOAA, who has compiled estimates from each state participating in the Exempted Fishing Permit Red Snapper Season.

Gulf States’ EFP Landings - https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/state-recreational-red-snapper-management-exempted-fishing-permits#recreational-red-snapper-landings


Mississippi’s EFP

Gulf states’ EFP applications: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0029


2017 Red Snapper Season Finalized Results2017 (R

  • Total Harvest: 154,100 pounds
  • Number Fish Harvested: 27,189
  • Average Weight: 6.08 pounds
  • Average Length: 21.91 Inches
  • Trips: 4,185
  • Effort: 4.36 Anglers/Vessel/Trip
  • Harvest: 1.48 Fish/Angler/Trip 


2018 Red Snapper Season Finalized Results2017 (R


  • Total Harvest: 131,914 pounds
  • Number Fish Harvested: 22,126
  • Average Weight: 5.82 pounds
  • Average Length: 21.37 Inches
  • Trips: 4,511
  • Effort: 3.74 Anglers/Vessel/Trip
  • Harvest: 1.31 Fish/Angler/Trip 


For more information on the Federal Red Snapper season and regulations please visit the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at http://gulfcouncil.org/fishing-regulations.

The Red Snapper bag limit is two fish per-person per-day with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit.

All vessels (private and for-hire) landing Red Snapper in Mississippi must use the Tails n’ Scales electronic reporting system regardless of harvest area (federal waters, Mississippi state waters, adjacent states’ waters, etc.) There are no exemptions. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) requires one report per trip per vessel.

During each season, a trip authorization number must be obtained by a representative of each vessel prior to recreationally fishing for Red Snapper. Trip authorization numbers are only valid for 24 hours and must be closed out each time before a new trip number will be issued.

Registering, obtaining trip authorization numbers and reporting harvest can be done using any of the methods listed below:

Free Downloadable App: Tails n’ Scales

1.    iPhone – search for Tails n’ Scales in the Apple App Store

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2.    Android – search for Tails n’ Scales in the Google Play Store

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Website: www.tailsnscales.org

Phone: 1-844-MSSNAPP (1-844-677-6277)

*The toll-free number will directly connect you to a call center that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number may be used to register, create new trips and close out trips. In the event that you do not have an email account or do not have access to the Tails n’ Scales electronic reporting system online or on a mobile device, please use the toll-free number. However, MDMR highly encourages using the free downloadable app and/or visiting the website for the reporting process.

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Tails n’ Scales Registration Instructions:
1.    If you do not already have an email and password, launch Tails n’ Scales on your mobile device or visit www.tailsnscales.org to create an account.
2.    To register as a user in the system, you must provide your first and last name, a valid email, phone number and home address and either your vessel’s state registration number, Hull ID number, or your US Coast Guard vessel documentation number. Please indicate your vessel type: private or for-hire and provide a vessel name if applicable or put NA if your vessel does not have a name.
3.    Once all your information has been entered, click on the Register button at the bottom of the screen.



You will now be able to log in on your mobile device or online. You may use more than one method to create and complete trips. You do not have to complete the entire process using only your mobile device or only the website.


Tails n’ Scales Trip Creation Process:
1.    Input your username and password to log in to the system.


2.    To create a new trip on your home computer, select the Start A New Trip icon.


3.    To create a new trip on your mobile device through the Tails n’ Scales app select the New Trip logo


4.    The information you used to register should automatically appear in the required fields (Vessel Registration Number, Hull ID Number, Vessel Name, CG Doc and Target Species). However, you may change or update your information before creating a new trip by using the yellow gear symbol on your mobile device or selecting the MY ACCOUNT tab at the top of the screen on the website or simply input your vessel registration number and/or your Coast Guard vessel documentation number, the name of your vessel or NA if no vessel name is available, and the landing site.

5.   Choose the date and time of your trip. Use the calendar icon to the right of the Trip Start field and the clock icon at the bottom of the calendar to change the date and time of your trip. You will not be allowed to choose your Trip Expiration date and time. The trip will expire 24 hours from the trip start time. Trips can only be created up to five days in advance


6.   If you create a trip that is not taken or is rescheduled you must abandon that trip by clicking the No box and provide a reason code, which will appear in a drop-down menu. You will not be allowed to close a trip or create a new one until the current trip is abandoned and a reason is provided.



Tails n’ Scales Trip Close Process:
1.    On either your mobile device or home computer, select the End Trip icon. If the trip is set for a future date you will not be allowed to close the trip. You must abandon the trip instead. Choose No for Trip Taken? Then provide a reason code.
2.    If you are closing a trip you must provide answers to all questions. Enter the amount of time spent fishing to the nearest half hour, the number of people who fished on the vessel, the number of Red Snapper harvested, the number of Red Snapper released, and the habitat where you spent the majority of time fishing. You must click the drop-down bar and select from either Artificial Reef, Oil and Gas Platform, or Natural Bottom.



Red Snapper Regulations Information

HOOKS: Federal law requires NON-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural baits while fishing for all reef species (snappers, trigger fish, groupers and amber jacks).