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SNAPPER

Fishing for Snapper

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing


Catch them on a fly or with some Snappers quickly look sharp and nasty coming up on a catch in tropical waters.

With large canine teeth, big extended lips and puzzled expression it is easy to consider them almost menacing.

20-80 meters deep below the water's surface is where you will usually find snapper- they can get pretty deep but also come quite shallow. With two rods, skated jigs, sinkers and bait, flight-lining, the first trick is always getting the bait down enough to the appropriate water column and through any currents.

A fish on will take your line and start a strong, pulling fight against you with a good plastic jig or bait if you were keened into the twitching braided line.

Fighting a snapper on a fly rod is also absolutely possible. Grab your 8,9 or 10 weight, depending on where you are, and hit the mangroves, flats and rocky salt water water havens with a big clouser minnow pattern and the snappers will come, one by one.

It is a delectable species, both famous for their particular “look” and delicious meat.

Basic Info


Varieties: Cubera Snapper, Red Snapper

Scientific name: Lutjanidae

Size: length 51 cm

Weight: 4.5 kg

Lifespan: 50 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Subtropical and Tropical parts of the Atlantic and of the Indo-Pacific Oceans