Longtail Bass (Hemanthias leptus)
Common names: queen snapper, silky bass
Habitat/distribution: The longtail bass (a true sea bass) is essentially a tropical species, common in the northern gulf, but not in great numbers. Range is limited to the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and northern South America. Reef associated from about 200 to 800 feet down.
Method of harvest: vermillion snapper bycatch
Size: Most are right at a pound, but three-pounders aren’t that uncommon
Cooking characteristics: as would be expected from a deep-dwelling seabass- sweet, flaky meat. Ideal for most any preparation, marinated, lightly cooked, or cooked through.