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Mangrove Snapper:


Mangrove Snapper:
Location: Ocean
Tackle: Baitcasting, Spinning
Technique: Casting, Drifting, Still Fishing
Baits: Baitfish, Crab, Lures, Shrimp, Squid
Taste: Smaller fish are excellent, larger fish are not quite as good
World Record: 17 lbs. caught off Port Canaveral, FL 06/14/92
Florida Record: 17 lbs. caught off Port Canaveral, FL 06/14/92


A popular target for young anglers, the hard-fighting snapper averages around a pound and is excellent table fare. The majority of snapper we target are mangrove (grey) and lane snapper, although we also catch mutton snapper and cubera snapper. These fish are very structure oriented, and like to hang out around submerged trees, docks or rocks where they are safe from predators. They are a schooling fish, extremely aggressive and fun to catch on light tackle. Snapper can be caught year round, but the best action is from June through November, with the largest fish moving from the offshore reefs to the inlet during the summer months to spawn. Snapper will eat live shrimp and baitfish, with small live pilchards one of their favorite foods. They are excellent table fare, producing a white flaky meat. In Florida waters there is a 10 inch minimum size limit and five fish bag limit on mangrove snapper.