Northern Red Snapper

The northern red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) is a species of fish native to the Western Atlantic ocean. The red snapper is commercially important. Many sport fisherman attempt to catch these fish as a game fish. The red snapper is commercially important

feature a sloped profile, medium-to-large scales, a spiny dorsal fin, and a laterally compressed body. Northern red snapper have short, sharp, needle-like teeth, but they lack the prominent upper canine teeth found on the mutton, dog, and mangrove snappers. This snapper reaches maturity at a length of about 39 cm. The common adult length is 60cm but may reach 100cm. The coloration of the northern red snapper is light red, with more intense pigment on the back. It has 10 dorsal spines, 14 soft dorsal rays, three back spines and eight to 9 back soft rays. Juvenile fish can also have a dark spot on their sides, below the anterior soft dorsal rays, which fades with age.

When a northern red snapper bites on a line, they tend to be nibblers and pickers, and a soft touch is needed when trying to catch them. Because the older red snapper like structure, anglers use bottom fishing over reefs, wrecks, and oil rigs, and use line and supplies in the 50-lb class. Since the anglers have to both choose the right bait and present it correctly, they tend to use multiple hooked baits. Favorite baits include squid, whole medium-sized fish, and small strips of fish such as amberjack. Although many northern red snappers are caught on the bottom, in some situations the larger fish are caught on heavy jigs, often tipped with a strip of bait or by freelining baits at the proper upper level.

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