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~ 50 Lbs 4 oz. In the Gulf of Mexico, LA on June 23, 1996 by angler
Capt. Doc Kennedy
~ Lutjanus Campechanus
~ American Red Snapper, Northern Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper
~ The color of the Red Snapper can be pinkish, scarlet, or deep red with
a whitish belly. The Red Snapper has a long triangular face with upper
margin sloping more strongly than the lower; jaws are equal or the lower
slightly projecting; some enlarged canine teeth.
~ Most of the angler caught Red Snapper are 18 to 24 inches in length
and weigh 20 pounds or less. Occasionally anglers can catch Red Snapper
up to 35 pounds and 3 feet in length.
~ The adult Red Snapper lives offshore on the continental shelf, over
deep reefs, banks, and rocky bottoms. Populations residing amongst such
three-dimensional structures are usually larger than those in smooth
bottom areas. Adults of this species are found at depths of 33-620 feet
with older, larger fish tending to prefer the cooler, deeper spots. This
snapper is found in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts to
Brazil, although it is uncommon north of the Carolinas. It is also
occurs in the Gulf of Mexico.
~ The Red Snappers diet
consists of prey including shrimp, squid, and octopus. Red Snapper also
feed on a variety of smaller fishes, crustaceans, and mollusks, which
they find in flat bottom areas adjacent to the reefs.