The American Red Snapper could arguably be the most popular snapper species for every reason a recreational fisherman enjoys fishing. They fight hard, taste great and are one of the largest snapper species. If you ask anyone that targets these fish they will tell you that we need a longer season on them as they are only open for harvest a few days out of the year. Being a species that are found farther offshore than the others, spending the gas money to “catch and release” the ARS is not typically something the recreational angler chooses to do. Found in the same type of bottom with Red Grouper, the ARS rarely turn down a nice slimy squid, but will also eat live bait like pinfish or threadfin. As mentioned previously these fish are top of the food charts as well.
- World Record: 50 lbs 4 oz (Louisiana)
- Florida State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz
- In 2011, commercial fishermen landed 3.2 million pounds+ of red snapper, sold for $11.5 million.