Golden snapper

Golden snapper 

Scientific name

Lutjanus johnii.

Where they live

Golden snapper adults are commonly found inshore coral and rocky reef areas. 

Juveniles found in mangrove estuaries.

Size and age

Can grow to 100cm and weigh up to 11kg.

Fishing tips

Golden snapper will take small, deep-diving lures around reefs and other underwater forms. Use squid and pilchard baits.

Offshore, snapper are often caught by bottom fishing on heavy lines but lighter tackle is fine for estuaries.

Golden snapper are highly prone to barotrauma when caught from depths greater than 10m and should not be targeted for catch and release.

Last updated: 07 February 2020

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