Columnist C.J. struggled just to come up with a nice bunch of snappers for a fresh, home-cooked meal.

This column originally appeared in the March 10, 2013, edition of the Keys Citizen.

There are not many fish in the ocean that are prettier than a nice plump Florida Keys yellowtail snapper. Of all the fish I catch, the pinks and blues on the skin of yellowtail snappers (YTs) just amaze me. I sometimes wonder, if God wanted all his creatures to be able to hide from predators, why are these snappers so beautiful and observable? I would hate to have to hide from dangerous enemies while dressed in a yellowtail snapper costume. When a school of YTs balls up behind the boat in crystal-clear, bright saltwater, it looks like a Yellow Brick Road of jewels and diamonds.