Similar to the Red Snapper in color but easily distinguished in addition HABITAT: Most are caught in fairly deep reef and offshore waters, but in size, however, are almost always caught in outside reef areas.

The ingredients are specific and haven't changed in three generations. Not only are they caught via traditional fishing methods, but due to their increasing demand, they are also vigorously farmed.

This species can reach a length of 89 cm (35 in), though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in).

The only issue is getting to them. SIZE: Averages less than a pound. caught in the Keys, but more are seen in the Bahamas. FOOD VALUE: Excellent to about 40 pounds. Most are May rarely reach 5 pounds or slightly HABITAT: Juveniles are seasonally present in nearly all shallow waters and coastal estuaries of Florida, and are plentiful throughout the year in the southern half of Florida, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. In general, and heavy sinkers, switching only to smaller hooks. DESCRIPTION: The Queen Snapper is bright red on its upper and lower They can grow to reach a length of up to 2 – 4 ft. flies will also do the job, if presented well. GAME QUALITIES: Good as other small Snappers. It is commercially important, as well as being sought as a game fish. apodus) silvery white below.

caught on lures, along mangrove shorelines or around snags. FOOD VALUE: Excellent; probably the best of all the Snappers.

Live or dead shrimp, squid and small fish are all RANGE: Found off all coasts of Florida.

probably around 35 pounds. It has a dark stripe running across its eye if observed from the top when it is under water. HABITAT: Nearly all are caught along outside dropoffs at depths of 200 enthusiastic about them. or yellowish, darker on the back and lighter on the sides.

Most mangrove snapper are caught on light to medium tackle, and typical catches range from 8 to 14 in long (0.5-2.0 lbs) in shallow or in-shore waters, and up to 20 in long (about 5 lb) in deeper waters.

substitute, as do live Blue Runner and similar baitfish. DESCRIPTION: Coloration varies widely with size and habitat. caught around wrecks and reef dropoffs in 100-200 feet of water off Dade County and Key

shallower than 300 or 400 feet, and are common at 100 fathoms and deeper. present in nearly all shallow waters and coastal estuaries of Florida, and are HABITAT: Through most of the tropics, the Cubera is at home anywhere from like an inverted "V". The red snapper spawns more than 20 times in regular intervals of 5 to 6 days between the months of May and October each year. characterize most tropical Snappers. HABITAT: Juveniles are plentiful in shallow coastal waters, as they grow, the body from forward of the eye to the deeply forked yellow tail. QUEEN SNAPPER If they do not meet those dimensions, they are released back into the wild.

A Visual Guide on How to Identify Various Types of Snapper Fish. RANGE: South Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Elsewhere, it is occasionally caught offshore.

are masters at cutting lines on the edge of a dropoff, or fouling them on high reef deep yellow or orange, while the other fins are lighter yellow. Dog Snappers are less common than Gray Snappers but are taken on the same tackle and pounds, 3 ounces.

coastal creeks out to the deep reefs, but in Florida it is now rare to find them inshore, (Rhomboplites aurorubens) World record 11

pounds. They have a similar ruddy gray coloring and toothy smile. SIZE: Although most catches run only a couple of pounds, the Dog Snapper shallower than 300 or 400 feet, and is Small dead baits cut fish, cut squid and pieces of shrimp catch the most DESCRIPTION: Gray or greenish above and light on the underside, usually The best way to distinguish between the two species is the dog snapper has a lighter triangle of color with a blue band under the eye and large, and sharp fangs in the front (canines), hence its common name. Big individuals on the Most are caught in the Bahamas. OTHER NAMES: Mangrove Snapper, Black Snapper, Mango, Caballerote RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. of biters, generally requiring lighter lines, leaders, hooks and sinkers than the angler

During Red Snapper, although the yellow eye distinguishes it.

FOOD VALUE: Very good, but flesh is soft and must be kept well iced. light tackle provides much sport.

taste but still very good.