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Dog snapper

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Dog Snappers prefer artificial reefs and wrecks at depths of 15 to 100 feet. These fish are solitary in nature.

A nocturnal predator, they feed on crabs, shrimps, marine worms, and smaller fishes.
General Description
Dog Snappers have olive green upper sides and backs, sometimes with narrow pale bars. Their sides and belly are bronze-brown to yellowish-orange.

Adults have a white triangular bar under the eye.

They have pronounced canine teeth in the upper jaw, one pair of which can be seen when the jaw is closed.
Did You Know?
The Dog Snapper gets its name from the fierce look of its canine teeth as well as their tendency to pop their mouths open and slam it shut faster than you can blink your eyes.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Dog Snappers can be caught with strips of squid, cut pieces of fish, or shrimp.

They can also be caught by casting with jigs, fish imitating lures and flies.

Chumming with small pieces of fish will help bring the fish to the boat.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Dog Snappers caught by anglers range between 1 and 3 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Dog Snappers are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Dog Snappers are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.