Mangrove Snapper

gray snapper

Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)


  1. Size: The average gray snapper will be 8 to 15 inches and anything over 20 inches is considered very large. 
  2. Habitat: As their name suggests, mangrove snappers are often found in mangrove ecosystems hiding among the roots, but they are also found in a variety of other coastal habitats with structures and hiding spots. Docks, bridges, wrecks, and artificial reefs are prime locations to find mangrove snapper. They tend to stay inshore as juveniles and move offshore as they mature and grow.
  3. Bait: Chum is highly effective when snapper fishing as these schooling fish will work themselves into a feeding frenzy signified by dark bands above the eyes. Live shrimp and small fish make the best snapper bait – fishing for snapper with artificial lures is very difficult.
  4. Tackle: Small hooks, light line, and fluorocarbon leaders are necessary when snapper fishing due to their keen eyesight and cautious demeanor. Although mangrove snapper are usually caught in the 10″ – 15″ size range, medium-heavy rods and reels are recommended because snapper are surprisingly strong for their size and will run straight to structure when hooked. 
  5. Food Value: Mangrove snapper is highly regarded for its sweet, mild flavor and white, flaky flesh. It is a versatile fish that can be prepared using various cooking methods, such as grilling, baking, broiling, and pan-searing. It is often served in seafood dishes and is well-suited to a variety of seasonings and sauces.