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ANGLER'S GUIDE TO FISHES OF THE GULF OF MEXICO!
This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each speciesí habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.
|Other Names :||Candy Snapper, Lane Snapper|
|Range & Habitat :||Truly a Gulfwide species, the lane snapper is found on all types of bottoms, from nearshore coastal waters, out to over 600 feet deep. Hard bottom or high profile structure is not necessary for its occurrence.|
|Identification & Biology :||The body is a vivid rosy-pink color, shading to silver on the belly with 8 to 10 horizontal bright yellow bars on each side. The body also has lighter vertical bars. A single large black spot is found on each side above the lateral line, but below the rear half of the dorsal fin. Lane snappers feed most heavily at night on small creatures such as anchovies, scad, crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and worms. Lane snappers are small fish that grow rapidly the first 5-7 years. In the Gulf, they reach 8 inches, the minimum legal size, at slightly over 1 year old. Lane snappers are known to live to 17 years old.|
|Size :||Usually under 2 pounds, but can reach 5 pounds.|
|Food Value :||Excellent|
|Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter|