Red Snapper from deeper waters tend to be more red in color than those caught from more shallow waters.
Red Snapper Fishing: Seasonal (Varies typically within May – August in Federal Waters)
Red snappers are one of the most iconic species in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Their bright red to pink hues are instatntly recognizable along with their enlarged canine teeth, giving them their “snapper” name. They were once a severly depeleted species here in the Gulf, but thanks successful population regrowth strategies, the population growth is continuing to increase. Red Snapper is still below target level so strict fishing seasons are in place both in Federal and State waters. The limit on Red Snapper is 2 per person and they must be 16″ or larger. Their growth rate is considered moderate, and they can reach up to 40 inches in lenght. They range in weight from 5 pounds to upwards of 30 pounds, however the average size is 15lbs.
To cathch these delcious fish, the technique we mostly use is dropping a weighted line straight down to depths ranging anywhere from 25ft. to 400ft. Some days they are near the surface and other days we find them almost on the bottom. The bait of choice for catching Red Snapper is either live or dead Menhadden, cut Bonita, or squid. Artificial bait can also be used as well, with tehcniques such as jigging, but natural bait usually produces better results.
Fish we catch while fishing for Red Snapper are Mangrove Snapper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, King Mackerel, and Sharks.