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Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus)


The Yellowtail Snapper or Ocyurus chrysurus is a popular and very abundant sporting fish in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida all the way to South America. This species of saltwater fish often hangs out around reefs, and once caught is said to make a fine meal.

The Yellowtail Snapper is considered to be a nocturnal fish that feeds on shrimp, worms, crabs, gastropods, cephalopods and other small fish. They can be distinguished from other Snappers by their distinct coloration. They have a yellow stripe that runs along its sides and yellow spots that are scattered along its upper half. The Yellowtail Snapper's caudal fin is solid yellow with their dorsal fin more of a pale yellow.
This species of snapper can reach about 34" in maximum length and weigh in at about 9lbs or 4 kg. It is said to be able to live for 14 years or longer. One fishing tip to consider is to use chum and leave your engine running. This is because the Yellowtail Snapper has actually been conditioned to be attracted to the sound of an engine! They are often found on the bottom no deeper than 120' and often in schools.  Once you catch one there should be more nearbly. To see the Yellowtail Snapper in action watch this video!

If you have any fishing tips or recipes for the Yellowtail Snapper that you would like to share please leave them in the comments below...

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