The second season of the red snapper will begin on Friday

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PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Overall, business is good at Coastal Charters after weathering an initial slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But this summer also dealt a financial blow to the Port Aransas fishing and diving boat rental company when storms rolled in and kept the fleet of five boats in port.

“This stuff put us out of business for a few days,” said one of the captains of Coastal Charters, Banya Owen. “It’s not safe to go out in these conditions.”

On Friday, a new business opportunity will present itself for boat rental companies.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reopens federal waters to these companies for red snapper fishing for several weeks.

“There’s going to be a few more days for us to go out and do our snapper,” Owen said. “It will give us back those days we had (lost) in the regular season.”

The regular season for red snapper ended in early August.

Since then, charter companies have not been able to organize red snapper fishing trips in waters nine nautical miles off the coast of Texas and beyond.

But from October 15 to November 6, they will be able to do so again during a period when business is normally quiet.

“It’s going to really help us financially to recoup these trips,” Owen said. “We are entering a more difficult kind of season. The waves are getting bigger and bigger and the wind is blowing harder.”

NOAA says anglers haven’t met their quota for red snapper during the regular season, and that’s why anglers are getting that second season.

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