The red snapper is one of the most valuable and heavily exploited snappers in American waters.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A RED SNAPPER
The pinkish to red color and sharply pointed anal fin (rather than rounded) distinguishes the red snapper from most other Gulf of Mexico snappers. The snout is long and triangular and the eyes are a distinctive red. Adults have no dark lateral spot, but juveniles have a dark spot on the upper sides below the anterior soft dorsal fin. The northern red snapper is sometimes confused with the southern red snapper, found throughout Caribbean Sea from Cuba southward to northeast Brazil. There are differences, however, in scale and anal fin ray counts. The northern red snapper usually has fewer scales in a row along the midside (usually 47-49 not 50-51) and fewer scales between the beginning of the dorsal fin and the lateral line, (usually 8-9 not 10-11). The northern red snapper has more soft rays in the anal fins (usually 9 instead of 8).
WHERE TO CATCH RED SNAPPER
Northern red snapper occur in the Gulf of Mexico and in the western Atlantic along the eastern coast of the USA as far north as Massachusetts, but rarely north of the Carolinas. They are absent from the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Juveniles occur in shallow water over sandy or mud bottoms. Adults are more plentiful offshore in 60 to 440 ft. or water associated with rough, rocky bottoms and wrecks. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish:
COASTAL WATERS ROCKY SEA FLOOR NIGHT FISHING
HOW TO CATCH RED SNAPPER
The species feed primarily on fish, crustaceans, worms, and cephalopods. They tend to be nibblers and pickers and soft touch is needed when angling. Red snapper seem to prefer a still or slowly moving bait. Squid, whole fish and cut bait can be used to entice red snapper to bite. It is now closely protected and any anglers that fish in the Gulf of Mexico and use live or natural baits must use a circle hook. The following are fishing methods used to catch this fish:
DRIFT FISHING STILL FISHING BOTTOM BOUNCING
RED SNAPPER LURES, TACKLE & BAIT
The following are lures, tackle or bait that can be used to catch this fish:
CUT BAIT SALTWATER LIVE BAIT JIGS SQUID