Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Mutton Snapper

Lutjanus analis

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  • Olive green on back and upper sides
  • V-shaped tooth patch on roof of mouth
  • Small black spot below dorsal fin
  • Anal fin pointed
  • Bright blue line below eye, following contour of operculum
  • All fins below the lateral line have a reddish tinge

Similar Fish:  Lane snapper, L. synagris.  

Size: To 25 pounds (30 inches). 

Habitat: Inshore associated with grassbeds, mangroves, and canals; larger adults found on offshore reefs.

Notes: Spawns in July and August; feeds on fish, crustaceans, and snails.    

Art © Diane Rome Peebles

From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.


Going Fishing? 

Visit FishingCapital.com External Website for more on Florida saltwater fishing including fishing hotspots and reports, or click on one of the links below. 

Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries

 

Recreational

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Recreational Regulations
Hot Topics/Latest News
 

Commercial

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Commercial Regulations Guide Adobe PDF
Trap Retrieval/Debris Removal
Apply for a license
Commercial data

 

Other Marine Fisheries Information

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