Description: Color is dark brown or gray with reddish or orange spots along the sides; two outstanding canine teeth at front of upper jaw; dorsal fins have reddish borders. Known to anglers as a "bait stealer" they require a quick reaction to successfully land.
Where Most Often Found: Larger adults generally offshore on coral or rocky reefs. Spawns June through August.
Feeding Habits: Feeds best on dead bait (Spanish Sardines, Thread-fin and Finger Mullet) squid and crustaceans. Also feeds on live bait ( small Pin-fish, or Cigar Minnows)
Size Range: Offshore catches typically range between 2 to 5 lbs.
Bag Limit/ Size Limit: 10 per person per day. (as part of a 10 per day limit on all Snapper species combined). Must be a total of 12 inches in total length in order to keep.
Food Grade: Excellent table fare. Fillets are white and flaky when cooked. Very light fish taste.