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Here is some additional information about Snapper in Florida.

Schoolmaster Snapper Fishing Information

illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles

Descriptions: color olive gray on upper sides with yellow tinge, sometimes with reddish tinge around head; long triangular snout; eight pale vertical bars on the side of the body; yellow fins; blue stripe below eye, becoming interrupted in adults; no dark lateral spot.

Similar fish: dog snapper, L. jocu; other snappers.

Where found: juveniles in grass flats; adults NEARSHORE especially around elkhorn coral reefs; large adults sometimes found on continental shelf.

Size: usually less than 1 pound.

Remarks: spawns July and August; attain sizes of 8 pounds and 24 inches; slow grower; feeds on crustaceans, small fishes, and gastropods.

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