Snapper are one of the most popular fish to eat and because of that anglers enjoy catching and harvesting these fish.  There are all kinds of regulations put in place to protect the fishery, so make sure you know when the open seasons are before you decide to keep a few fish for the dinner table.


Habitat

Snapper are found mostly offshore near reefs, wrecks and rock piles.  Inshore, you will find mangrove snapper around bridges, along the mangroves and under docks, but these snapper are much smaller on average than what you will find offshore.


How to Catch Snapper

Snapper fishing is fairly easy if you can find them.  Anglers have a lot of success fishing with shrimp, mud minnows, small pinfish and finger mullet.  Most of the bites will come close to the bottom, so anglers will use a variety of bottom rigs to target snapper.  The fish finder rig is one of the most popular bottom fishing rigs for snapper.


Eating Snapper

Snapper are delicious.  They can be found in most grocery stores and in seafood restaurants throughout the country.  There are tons of recipes out there for snapper.  You can bake, grill and fry them and they will taste great.  It all depends on your personal preference.