Red snapper could be argued the most controversial fish swimming. Ask anyone who has never personally been on the Gulf of Mexico, and they'll probably tell you that they are a species in need of help. Ask anyone on the gulf coast, and I'll assure you, the answer will be quite the opposite. The federal government would lead you to believe these fish are endangered, yet we are catching them inside the bays.
Red snapper are like feral pigs and will absolutely decimate a reef. They breed and grow quickly, and have a appetite like a giant pig. Between red snapper, gray trigger fish, and the invasive lion fish, our local reefs could be in serious jeopardy. It's nearly impossible to get a bait in the water in the Gulf without catching a fish that you can't keep. Its ridiculous.
It's rare I snapper fish, but I recently had some clients that wanted to experience the ever popular red snapper. Although I mainly only inshore fish, I accepted the opportunity. We didn't have to travel further than a couple miles offshore, and found a nice spot for some really nice fish. All fish were caught and released.