Charter Boat Captains Losing Business Due to Bad Weather

By: Chad Mira
By: Chad Mira

Panama City - Charter boat captains have already lost a lot of business this red snapper season. One boat captain says she's had to cancel two day's worth of trips already due to bad weather and rough surf.

This is one of the shortest red snapper season's ever, ending July 10th, and captains say missing a couple days is a big blow to business when they have to make their money for the year in forty days.

"On the days when the weather's bad it really hurts us that we don't get to go. We would like for the national marine fisheries to recognize those days that we're not getting to go and maybe tack them on to the end," charter boat captain Alicia Paul said.

More storms are in the forecast for this weekend, and Paul said she will probably have to cancel trips again on Sunday.


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  • by beach guy on Jun 10, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    So, should the wave runner guys, parasail guys, beach attendents, golf courses,etc. also recieve something? They are also losing precious days due to the weather.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    Wow, likening the BP criminal negligence to an act of God?... (seriously? how many paint chips?) "Slackers"... They aren't traditional commercial fishermen, who typically are twice as tough as most land lovers, but these guys work hard just the same. But they need "more regulation"? No, Wall-Street needed more regulation, those guy bringing over the Russians on work visas making them live 6-7 to a one bedroom apartment while taking all their money, and forcing themselves sexually on the females, they need more regulation... Or we can wake up and see none of this regulation helps, and quit being a nanny state to appease; leaches wanting hand outs, and predatory corporations (usually one in the same actually).
  • by john Location: youngstown on Jun 9, 2012 at 01:16 PM
    While I agree the weather has affected all but one day since the snapper season opened-it has effected both commercial and recreational fishermen-While the limits could be loosened or the season extended. My family has been both in the commercial business my whole life as well as those of us who recreational fish in the family-I strongly support some type of limit the fish counts are way up from years past as well as size of the fish but if we go hog wild they wont be there again-second frustration is the way the seasons are not intentionally open at the same time or staggered with little over lap it costs a lot of money for anyone to go offshore to have the species so limited-But over all I know its not popular but I have to support the limits here and the goverment should regulate better the impotation of products from over seas
  • by Bruce Location: FL on Jun 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM
    WOW, so Ms. Paul thinks the state sould enact a fair weather fishing agenda to their commercial fishing seasons. The problem with that is, we ALL know how regional Florida weather can be. It can be storming in PC while the sun is shining brightly with blue skies down in Carabel. On the flip side (i know this wont help right now)in the next year or two the snapper season should be great, because we are allowing the fish time to grow and hopefully reproduce. ANY REAL sportsman will tell you, you need to regulate what you take, or you will deplete your game and ruin your chances of being successful next season. That is why the FWC has temporarily shortened the season for a few years.
  • by Captain's Wife Location: Panama City Beach on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:03 AM
    You shouldn't comment on things you don't understand. Ignorance is bliss for sure. Bad weather=even fewer days for these captains to make their money. I'd love to know how you see anything she said as an indication that she'd sue God. She just, as all of the rest of us do, want the national marine fisheries to recognize that we did not get our full 40 days and give them to us. Nothing was implied or said against God and I think that was a very ignorant thing to say.
  • by Stewart Location: Panama City on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    If you leave a mullet head under your pillow then the weather fairy brings you blue skies. Do these guys even have insurance and fishing licenses? I see the need for more regulation of this group of slackers.
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      by john on Jun 9, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to Stewart
      Why egg them on-agreed there is a need for regulation but there already in a tissy and the majority of them are good hard working people attempting to make a living. True that time may have come and gone for people to live off the ocean here but let them be there mad enough
  • by duane Location: florida on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:01 PM
    Well they can do as they did with BP, and file a lawsuit against GOD!!!! I think GOD would recognise fraud when he saw it!!!!!
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