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Red Snapper: Lutjanus campechanus

Appearance:

  • Color pinkish red over entire body, whitish below
  • Long triangular snout
  • Anal fin is sharply pointed
  • No dark lateral spot
  • Red eye

Habitat:

Juvenile red snapper occur over sandy or mud bottoms.  Sexual maturity is attained at age 2.

Behavior:

Red snapper feed on crustaceans and fish.

State Record:

46 lb 8 oz, caught near Destin

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Snappers will take soft-bodied jigs, bucktails and spoons.

Additional Information:

Adult red snapper may live more than 20 years and attain 35 pounds or more.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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