Mullet Snapper are an elongated Snapper found in the Eastern Pacific. Unlike many Snappers, they are a midwater fish found over rocky areas down to around 150 feet. They are an excellent fighter for their size. The current official world record is 45lbs.
How To Identify:
The Mullet Snapper is easily recognized by the alternating dark and light stripes on the sides formed by parallel rows of scales that have yellowish-white centers. Mullet Snapper are generally dark gray-green to reddish on the back and sides with a silvery bellly. Individuals from deeper water are mainly reddish.
How To Catch:
They are strong fighters and can be taken on natural and artificial lures and flies. Methods of fishing include surf casting, drift fishing, jigging or anchoring to chum. When they are up shallow, these fish can sometimes be seen from the surface. At these times poppers can work well. Make sure you pause in between "chugs" and fish them a little slower than you would for Jacks and some other fish. Poppers are worth a try even if you can't see them if you are over rock piles that rise up to 40ft or so. Also try a surface iron jig such as those made by Tady. The can also be caught on metal jigs fished deeper.
The Mullet Snapper are found in the eastern Pacific from Mexico to Equador, including the offshore islands.