Gray Snapper fishing

Gray Snapper (mangrove snapper) (Lutjanus griseus)

Gray Snapper (Mangrove Snapper)

Description: Color dark brown or gray with reddish or orange spots in rows along the sides; dark horizontal band from snout through eye (young only); two conspicuous canine teeth at front of upper jaw; dorsal fins have dark or reddish borders; no dark spot on side underneath dorsal fin.

Similar fish: Cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus.

Where found: Juveniles inshore in tidal creeks, mangroves, and grass beds; adults generally nearshore or offshore on coral or rocky reefs.

Size: Offshore catches common 8 to 10 pounds.

Remarks: Spawns June through August; feeds on crustaceans and small fish. [back to top]

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