Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Mutton Snapper

Lutjanus analis


  • 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.

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