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yellowtail, yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus(noun)
superior food fish of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean with broad yellow stripe along the sides and on the tail
The yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus, is an abundant species of snapper found along the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Although they have been found as far north as Massachusetts, their normal range is along Florida south to the West Indies and Brazil. In certain reefs, most notably in the Florida Keys, this beautifully colored fish is commonly spotted among divers and snorkelers. The yellowtail snapper is also a popular and abundant game fish that makes excellent table fare. Yellowtails feed on shrimp, crabs, worms and smaller fish. They spawn in groups off the edges of reefs from spring to fall, but heavily in midsummer. Yellowtail snapper are typically caught in 30-120 feet of water on and around reefs and other structure. The most common method of catching them is with hook and line, and the use of frozen chum to attract the fish. The chum is typically a five-pound block of leftover ground fish parts. The chum is placed into a mesh bag or metal basket in the water, and as the chum slowly melts, small pieces of fish will drift out and down towards the bottom, where the yellowtails typically feed. The chum attracts the fish, and keeps them near the boat for extended periods of time, as well.
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