Schoolmaster Snapper Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Descriptions: color olive gray on upper sides with
yellow tinge, sometimes with reddish tinge around
head; long triangular snout; eight pale vertical bars
on the side of the body; yellow fins; blue stripe
below eye, becoming interrupted in adults; no
dark lateral spot.
Similar fish: dog snapper, L. jocu;
Where found: juveniles in grass flats; adults
NEARSHORE especially around elkhorn coral reefs;
large adults sometimes found on continental shelf.
Size: usually less than 1 pound.
Remarks: spawns July and August; attain sizes of 8 pounds and 24 inches; slow grower; feeds on crustaceans,
small fishes, and gastropods.