Thursday June 29, 2017
Red Snapper, American Red Snapper
Red Snapper are a brilliant Color of pinkish red over their entire body, whitish below; long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed; no dark lateral spot.
Snapper are an important commercial fish that is superb on the dinning table. Snapper has a semi-mild white meat that can have a slight seafood taste to the palette. Most anglers catch snapper while bottom fishing with live or dead bait, but they can be caught with an assortment of artificials.
The federal government has closed red snapper fishing in 2010 and is possibly considering a ban on snapper fishing for several years as they consider it overfished. This particular government mandate is not indorsed by Lagooner Fishing Guides or it's staff because we believe that red snapper are not in peril and can be managed effectively with harvest quotas.
Red Snapper are found OFFSHORE on the continental shelf, more plentiful off the panhandle than in south or middle Florida. However since snapper regulations have tightened in the last few years, reds have become more abundant and larger than when they declined in the last few decades.
Juveniles occur over sandy or mud bottoms and are often taken in shrimp trawls; adults may live more than 20 years, and attain 35 pounds or more; sexual maturity attained at age 2; spawns June to October; feeds on crustaceans and fish.
20" Atlantic Ocean; 16" Gulf of Mexico minimum size, 2 per angler per day.
NOAA Fisheries Service has announced that effective January 4, 2010, all recreational and commercial harvest of red snapper in Atlantic federal waters is prohibited. This interim rule will be effective until June 2, 2010 and could be extended for another 186-day period.
46 Pound Florida Record
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides© on 2015-10-07 11:09:18
More Red Snapper Information
There's not a prettier bottom fish than the scarlet colored red snapper. Common names of the red snapper include sow snapper, chicken snapper and a slew of native slang names describing big snapper and small ones. Snapper have rebounding over the last few years due to bag and size limits, but they have yet to reach their strength in numbers of yesteryear due to the tremendous fishing pressure both recreationally and commercially. Commercial interest has driven the fish to farther offshore depths, ledges and wrecks and almost into impractical fishing areas where strong currents and 300 foot or more depths make fishing difficult. New fishing line technologies have assisted the anglers in reaching new depths with stronger, thinner and less stretchier lines than previously. We now fish for red snapper in depths well over 250 feet commonly where anglers rarely ventured with bottom fishing rigs over a decade ago. Red Snapper is great tablefare and has a wonderful full bodied taste that's awesome for the taste buds.