Red Snapper Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Descriptions: color pinkish red over entire body, whitish
below; long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed;
no dark lateral spot; red eye.
Similar fish: silk snapper, L. vivanus.
Where found: OFFSHORE on the continental
shelf, more plentiful off the Panhandle than in
south or middle Florida.
Size: to 20 pounds
Remarks: 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.