Originally Posted by CHARLIE
I was hoping Texas would put a maximum size on Snapper in order to keep folks from targeting big Snapper. The real egg layers of the Stock. 20 to 30 year old 20 pound fish are really when they began to lay their really large amount of eggs. CCA took them out of the STAR because of that,
For example a 5 year old snapper basically lays no eggs a 15 year old snapper lays approximately 30 million and a 25 year old lays 0ver 60 million
Not Exactly, there growth rate can vary widely. And will point out that same argument could be made for most all species of fish, even Tuna.
"These are average numbers. The researchers pointed out that some individual fish grow much faster than others do. For example, at age 8, one fish was 17 inches long and another was 35 inches in length. A 16-inch fish could be anywhere between 2 and 7 years old, a 24-inch fish could be 3 to 9 years old, and a 32-inch could be from 5 to over 35 years old.
The two oldest fish in the study were 52.6 and 51.7 years old, but were only 34 inches and 34.5 inches long and weighed a modest 17.3 and 20.2 pounds. The biologists also aged the IGFA world record red snapper, caught by Doc Kennedy off Grand Isle, Louisiana, in 1996. Given its huge size of 50 lb, 4 oz, a person would expect it to be an ancient fish. However, after it was aged, the fish proved to be slightly less than 20 years old.