Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing!
Olive green on back and upper sides
V-shaped tooth patch on roof of mouth
Small black spot below dorsal fin
Anal fin pointed
Bright blue line below eye, following contour of operculum
All fins below the lateral line have a reddish tinge
Similar Fish: Lane snapper, L. synagris.
Size: To 25 pounds (30 inches).
Habitat: Inshore associated with grassbeds, mangroves, and canals; larger adults found on offshore reefs.
Notes: Spawns in July and August; feeds on fish, crustaceans, and snails.
Art © Diane Rome Peebles
From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.
Visit FishingCapital.com for more on Florida saltwater fishing including fishing hotspots and reports, or click on one of the links below.
Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries
Other Marine Fisheries Information