Mangrove Snapper in the Naples Area is very popular. They are also known as gray snapper… Lutjjanus Griseus. Mangrove snappers are both inshore in an around mangrove trees and are found at underwater structures and offshore around wrecks and ledges. They grow up in the mangroves and estuaries then travel offshore where we usually find them about 24” long. I have personally almost had my finger bitten off by a mangrove snapper so I am very careful when bringing them on the boat.
We fish with a 20lb braid and start at 20lb fluorocarbon leader 2 oz. sinker #3 hook. If this doesn’t work then we will go up to a 30# leader. Mangroves get to 20 lbs. with the Florida record being 17 lbs. caught in PT. Canaveral FL on 6-14-92. We usually use chum fish with live shrimp and cut threadfin or squid.
These snappers are here year round with the winter being the best time to catch them. The minimum size limit is 12 inches and you can only catch 10 per fisher man.
This fish is good eating…. white firm fish and is my personal favorite reef fish. You can fry, bake or broil to your taste.
Can catch 10 per day per angler, 10” min