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Red Snapper

Detailed Information on the Red Snapper

Red Snapper: Lutjanus campechanus




Juvenile red snapper occur over sandy or mud bottoms. Sexual maturity is attained at age 2.


Red snapper feed on crustaceans and fish.

State Record:  46 lb 8 oz, caught near Destin Fishing Tips and Facts:

Snappers will take soft-bodied jigs, bucktails and spoons.

Additional Information:

Adult red snapper may live more than 20 years and attain 35 pounds or more.

World Record Red Snapper

IGFA World Record Red Snapper over 50 pounds! Doc Kennedy suspected he was into some big red snapper that day in June and his hunch proved to be a reality. Doc had not one but two big fish on at the same time. He had a fight on his hands not only with the shear size of the red snappers but keeping them out of the offshore rig was also a challenge. When they surfaced it was hard to tell which one was bigger. We’ll never know as one got off at the boat. Doc knew he had a Louisiana State Record for sure and until he got back to Belle Pass Marina he had no idea it was in fact a world record red snapper.

The 50 lb. 4 oz. red snapper was over 40 inches to the tip of the tail and had a girth of 36.5 inches. The giant red snapper barely fit in a 120 qt. ice chest. It Best the former world record by almost 4 pounds and the Louisiana record by 10 pounds.

These are some of my Giant Red Snappers that measured in from 35 - 36 inches and over 40 pounds, just shy of the Word Record and State Record… all caught in 2014