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Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus)

The Red Snapper or Lutjanus campechanus is a popular sporting fish in places like the Gulf Of Mexico and the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. These saltwater fish are found in waters of 30 to 300ft around reeds, rocky bottoms and many other places that provide potential shelter like shipwrecks. As you can imagine, these fish are reddish in color and can grow to about 40 lbs (18 kg) in maximum weight.
Also known as the Huachinango, and the Pargo, the body shape of this fish is much like that of other Snappers. They also have the razor sharp teeth that give them their Snapper name, handle with care. If you do manage to catch one of these fish there will most likely be more, because they are almost always found in schools. Once caught, this fish's flesh is considered to be one of the finest in the world to eat.  You can check out a large school of Red Snapper fish in the video below... 

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