Sure they're small, but snappers are fun to catch. What's more, they can turn a boring day of surf casting into a successful day of fishing. While it's true few, if any, have ever mounted a snapper on a wall, Connecticut fishermen know that Long Island Sound is loaded with the critters and that they're more often apt to bite than their bigger counterparts.
One is wise to ask this question: is it better to be skunked after a day (or a night) spent on a Connecticut jetty simply because snapper seemed too inconsequential to fish for, or is it better to at least have the thrill (albeit a small thrill) of catching SOMETHING? Most anglers, upon really thinking about it, would agree it's better to at least catch something.
Here's something else to consider: even though snappers don't put up a tenth of the fight of thirty pound blues or stripers, Connecticut fisherman are apt to catch a whole lot more of these smaller fish on any given occasion that they are those larger varieties. It can take up to forty-five minutes to land a sizable catch from a Connecticut pier...but that's usually about it for the day. On the other hand, one can reel in snapper after snapper for hours on end.
Of course it's hard to escape the truth that large fish are a lot more satisfying to catch than smaller ones. There are few who would argue that fact. Yet snappers deserve their time in the spotlight, too. They're aggressive, put up the best fight they can and hit a lot more often than their more celebrated peers.
It's worth giving these little guys a shot when angling on the Sound. You may well be pleasantly surprised. Excitement comes in all shapes and sizes, after all.