Mutton snappers are common everywhere in Florida Keys reef. They live around the patch reefs when smaller and tend be in deeper water when they get larger. They are excellent to eat and excellent fighters. They are common up to 15 pounds but are caught larger then that. The big ones will often hit large live baits fished on the bottom, but in shallower water they will take baits off the surface. They like to eat ballyhoo, pilchards, small pinfish, shrimp and cut bait.