Mangrove Snapper


Description: Mangrove Snapper are dark brown or gray in color with reddish or orange spots in rows along the sides of the body. Young fish have a dark, horizontal band extending from the snout through the eye. The dorsal fins have dark or reddish borders with no dark spot on the side of the dorsal fin.

Aliases: Snapper, Gray Snapper

Habitat: Larger Adult Mangrove Snapper are generally found OFFSHORE on coral or rocky reefs.  Juveniles are typically found around INSHORE tidal creeks, mangroves, and grass beds

Tackle Used: Conventional light tackle or flats

Fight: Known as “bait stealers”, Mangrove Snapper require quick reactions. From the youngest novice to a veteran, these fish are a fun catch for recreational anglers.

Vital Stats: Adult Mangrove Snapper can range from 8 – 10 lbs.

State Record: 16 lbs. 8oz. caught near Port Canaveral

Limits: 10 Snapper aggregate (all types combined) per harvester per day, 16” minimum length

Flavor: Snapper provides an excellent meal. When cooked, the white, flaky filets and very light fish taste are sure to please even the most finicky fish eater.