The African Red Snapper is a species of snapper.They inhabit coral reefs and areas with rocky substrates and are also known to enterbrackish waters of lagoons and rivers. This species can reach a length of 139 centimetres (55 in) TL though most only reach 50 centimetres (20 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 60 kilograms (130 lb). It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and is also sought after as a game fish.
How To Identify:
Coloration is variable, usually reddish brown to slightly dorsally, grading to whitish ventrally. The tips of the anal and caudal fins are very dark. The body is relatively deep for the genus with the head pointed, the dorsal profile of forehead somewhat angular. The preorbital bone is broad and the maxilla extends nearly to mid-eye level. The vomerine teeth occur in a triangular patch, some times with a short median extension posteriorly. About 7 well formed gill rakers are found on the first arch.
How To Catch:
The African Red Snapper is best fished on live baits including mullet, herrings, croakers, blue swimmer crabs. Dead baits including bonga fish fillets, mullet, calamari, nine bone fillets. Occasionally taken on lures, Rapala CD16/CD18 deep diver lures. They are bottom fished around rocky reefs and outcrops.
The African Red Snapper is native to the coastal Atlantic waters of Africa from Senegal to Angola.