Well you'll be happy to know that I regularly caught red snapper that big only 10 miles off shore. Just about everyone I knew owned a boat or dated someone who owned a boat, so I'd just pony up money for gas and bait and pretty much got to fish whenever I wanted.Anything over 20 pounds is a pretty big red snapper. Commercial catch snapper are usually less than 20 pounds. The ones we caught and kept were in the 20-25 pound range.
Offshore fishing is the only fishing I enjoy. When I was a teenager, we would go out for three days on my neighbor's 42-foot fishing boat.
I didn't mind surf fishing for pompano in the spring., that was fun and they taste really good.
I used to spearfish at reefs about 4 miles out while scuba diving. Much smaller fish, of course. I'd get dragged trying to spear big fish so didn't even try. I could fill my net bag in 20 minutes.