Champion Pro Guide Services, Central Florida Bass Guide   Call Us for Reservations 863-228-0982  
 
Bass Fishing Florida, Okeechobee, Lake Toho

Website Updated (August 25, 2014)

Our website was recently updated. Please make sure to use the menu below to navigate to the information you are looking for. Contact us if you have trouble finding the right information.

Thank you

 
    Today is . There are Visitors Online Now, and There were Visitors Today!   
 
   
   
 
   
   
   
 
 

Red Snapper

SCIENTIFIC NAME : Lutjanus campechanus

OTHER NAMES: North American Red Snapper, Genuine Red, Snapper, Pargo,  Colorado.

RANGE: A temperate fish rather than tropical, the Red Snapper is rare in South Florida, although caught occasionally. It is standard bottom-fishing fare, however, offshore of the Atlantic Coast from about the center of the Peninsula northward, and in deep waters of the northern Gulf.

HABITAT: Along the Panhandle, Red Snappers are sometimes found in fairly shallow water off the beaches, and even in deep holes of the larger bays. Off the Peninsular Gulf Coast, however, few Red Snappers are found close enough to shore to merit a one-day effort; most offshore Snappers along that part of the coast are Grays.

DESCRIPTION: Overall rosy red. Canine teeth less prominent than those of most other Snappers. Red eye. Anal fin is triangular. The Caribbean Red Snapper, is very similar in appearance and is found in the northwest and central Caribbean.

SIZE: Common from a pound or so to about 6 or 8 pounds. Usual maximum is about 20 pounds, although the Red Snapper can rarely run as high as 30 or 40 pounds. World record 50 pounds, 4 ounces.

FLORIDA RECORD : 46pounds, 8 ounces.

FOOD VALUE: Excellent at all sizes.

GAME QUALITIES: A hard-fighting fish that uses strong, head-shaking tactics rather than long runs.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Some Red Snapper spots in fairly shallow water, say up to 50 or 60 feet, permit the use of light ocean tackle, or even heavy spinning and bait casting tackle. Much Snapper fishing, however-trips from Panhandle ports requires deep drops in strong currents. This means that only very heavy rods and strong lines of 50- or 80-pound test can handle the heavy weights needed to do the job. As for baits, dead Cigar Minnows, Pilchards or cut fish and squid do well at times, although in heavily fished spots (which most are these days) it will probably be necessary to use live small baitfish to coax bites from Snappers of decent size.

FISHING TECHNIQUES: Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.

 

 
 
 
  HOMEPAGE | CONTACT US | FISHING CHARTERS  
     
  Copyright 2010 Champion Pro Guide Services
Now part of the Scott Martin Fishing Network
Central Florida, Okeechobee Florida
 
     
  Fishing Guide Website Design By
TRW Web Design Company
TRW Web Design Company