Georgia Angler Lands Record Florida Snapper

By: Terry Tomalin

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Red snapper may get all the press, but the Fishing Capital of the World has more than a dozen other species of snapper that anglers can target and some might even qualify for a state record. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just received its first application for a vermilion snapper record.

Most specimens of the offshore dweller Rhomboplites aurorubens weigh less than 2 pounds, but the new state record submitted by Rebecca Bursten, who was visiting Florida from her home in Roswell, Ga., weighed 3 pounds 2 ounces.

In case you are wondering, the other members of the Lutjanidae family found in Florida waters include the blackfin snapper, Cubera snapper, dog snapper, gray snapper (mangrove snapper), lane snapper, mahogany snapper, mutton snapper, queen snapper, red snapper, schoolmaster, silk snapper and yellowtail snapper. The hogfish, sometimes mistakenly referred to as a hog snapper and a favorite target of spearfishermen, is actually a wrasse.

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