Yellowtail snappers like to nest in clear, cold water and they are a very aggressive species. They can be found in waters that are cool and deep enough for them to survive in. These fish are generally found in streams and creeks in lakes and ponds. When fishing in these areas you want to try and catch the yellowtail snapper in their spawning seasons. These fish are very eager to spawn and once they are spawned will head to the shallows to look for food to eat during their migration.
Fishing these areas during this time is really exciting as you get to witness these fish in their true colors. You will see bright yellow spots on their undersides, upper sides and the lower sides of their bodies. They will have white bands on their yellow spots. The male yellowtail snapper will have red bands around his eyes and will have white tips on his dorsal fins.
These fish are prized by locals and vacationers in the Bahamas who like to fish for exotic species. There are numerous species of yellowtail snapper that are caught on a regular basis in the Bahamas and are sent to the exotic fish market here in the United States. These are considered by many to be the top 10 species of fish to catch in the Bahamas. Many local residents say that catching these fish is a favorite thing to do during their holidays in the Bahamas.
The yellowtail snapper has an unusual life span for a fish. They spawn and hatch in a year and only reproduce every other year. If you plan to catch them during their spawning season you will likely be out of luck. These fish are extremely active during the warmer months and are very energetic. Their metabolism is also very high which allows them to remain at the top of the food chain throughout the year. It is believed that they can grow to more than a meter in length.
There are three distinct species of yellowtail snapper that are commonly fished in the Bahamas. These species are distinguished by their different colors and patterns on their body. The most common name for this species is banded yellowfin. Other common names for this species are black banded, gray-headed and white-tipped.
The second of the three types of yellowtail snappers is the scarlet cleaner. These fish are smaller than the yellowtail snappers and are found in waters from southwestern Florida all the way up to the western Atlantic Ocean. These species are also characterized by having a red belly and making diamond shaped patterns on their fins. The third type is the common snapper which is generally found in coastal areas. These fish are native to the Caribbean and the waters surrounding it.
There is some confusion as to what the scientific name of this fish really is. This fish has been called the scarlet cleaner snapper in the past but there has been some debate as to whether or not this is the right name. Many scientists feel that it should be called the common snapper due to its occurrence all along the Atlantic and Caribbean seas. When the species was first described by German zoologist Julius C. Frick in 1855 it was described as a small predatory fish with a rounded body, long pearly mouth, and large fins. Later on it was found to have a gray colored body, no tail and had blackish gray, blue or greenish stripes on its tail. In order to clarify which name is actually used when the yellowtail snapper in fact has three different species.
The second smaller type of the common snapper found in south Florida is the chrysurus. This fish is generally found along the southern part of the state. They can be found in mangrove forests, manatees, estuaries, slow moving rivers and cattails. The scientific name for this fish is the corymbaricus or sometimes corymobia. This specific type of snapper prefers cool fresh water along with a lot of open space.