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red-snapper

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.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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