FISHING OFF SHORE
Gulf of Mexico offshore fishing for Kings, Ling, Red Snapper, & Spanish Mackerel.
Year round snapper fishing.
Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus)
In Spanish it is known as huachinango or pargo.
The red snapper is a prized fish for food known for its delicate flavored light textured white meat and snapper throats are classed as a delicacy. This is why it is one of the most targeted fish found in the Gulf of Mexico. Red snapper have the trademark red skin and red eyes. The vibrant red color is believed to come from the shrimp in their natural diet.
Typical of most snappers, red snappers ordinarily form large schools of similar sized fish around wrecks and reefs. It is commonly found in waters from 50 to 225 ft. (16 m - 75 m), but can be caught as deep as 300 ft (100 m) or more. They stay relatively close to the bottom around ledges, canyons, and man-made reefs, including offshore oil rigs and shipwrecks.
A red snapper attains sexual maturity at age 2–5 and an adult snapper can live for more than 50 years. They have a moderate growth rate and can reach up to 40 inches and 50 pounds. The state record is 38.13 inches and 37.5 pounds