Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week - Gray Snapper (Mangrove Snapper)       

Lutjanus griseusGray Snapper


  • 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 spot on side underneath dorsal fin.

Similar Fish: Cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus

Size: Common to 10 pounds. 

Habitat: Juveniles inshore near tidal creeks, mangroves and grass beds.  Adults nearshore or offshore on coral or rocky reefs.

Notes: Spawns June through August. Feeds on crustaceans and small fish.

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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