Cubera Snapper Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color dark brown or gray, may have a
reddish tinge; broad-based triangular tooth
patch on roof of mouth without a posterior
extension; despite its specific name, which
translates to “blue-fin,” the fins have only a
slight tinge of blue; canine teeth in both jaws
very strong; one pair of canines enlarged and
visible even when mouth is closed.
Similar fish: gray snapper, L. griseus (gray
snapper has anchor shaped tooth patch on roof of
mouth); other snappers.
Where found: juveniles INSHORE in grass beds; adults OFFHORE or NEARSHORE over wrecks, reefs,
Size: common to 40 pounds.
Remarks: the largest of the snappers, ranging to 125 pounds; not common anywhere in its range; feeds on fishes
and larger crustaceans; in the Keys, spawns during later summer.