A quick guide to popular recreational reef fishes found in Florida waters.

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Snappers:

red snapper

Snappers
Red Snapper

Yellowtail Snapper

Snappers
Yellowtail

Lane Snapper

Snappers
Lane Snapper

Vermilion Snapper

Snappers
Vermilion

Blackfin Snapper

Snappers
Blackfin Snapper

Cubera Snapper

Snappers
Cubera Snapper

Dog Snapper

Snappers
Dog Snapper

Gray (Mangrove) Snapper

Snappers
Gray (Mangrove) Snapper

Mahogany Snapper

Snappers
Mahogany Snapper

Mutton Snapper

Snappers
Mutton Snapper

Queen Snapper

Snappers
Queen Snapper

Schoolmaster

Snappers
Schoolmaster

Silk Snapper

Snappers
Silk

 

Groupers:

Black Grouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Black Grouper

Black Sea Bass (female)

Sea Basses and Grouper
Black Sea Bass (female)

Black Sea Bass (male)

Sea Basses and Grouper
Black Sea Bass (male)

Gag

Sea Basses and Grouper
Gag

Goliath Gouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Goliath Gouper

Nassau Grouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Nassau Grouper

Red Grouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Red Grouper

Rock Sea Bass

Sea Basses and Grouper
Rock Sea Bass

Scamp

Sea Basses and Grouper
Scamp

Warsaw Grouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Warsaw Grouper

Yellowfin Grouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Yellowfin Grouper

Yellowmouth Grouper

Sea Basses and Grouper
Yellowmouth Grouper

Bank Sea Bass

Sea Basses and Grouper
Bank Sea Bass

 

Gray Triggerfish:

 

 

Gray TriggerfishLeatherjackets
Gray Triggerfish

 

Amberjack, Banded Rudderfish

or Almaco Jack:

 

Greater Amberjack

Jacks and Pompanos
Greater Amberjack

Banded Rudderfish (juvenile)

Jacks and Pompanos
Banded Rudderfish (juvenile)

Banded Rudderfish

Jacks and Pompanos
Banded Rudderfish

Almaco Jack

Jacks and Pompanos
Almaco Jack

 

 

 

Other Reef Associated Fish:

 

 

 

Pigfish

Grunts
Pigfish

Tomtate

Grunts
Tomtate

White

Grunts
White

Crevalle Jack

Jacks and Pompanos
Crevalle Jack

Jolthead Porgy

Porgies
Jolthead Porgy

Knobbed Porgy

Porgies
Knobbed Porgy

Littlehead Porgy

Porgies
Littlehead Porgy

Pinfish

Porgies
Pinfish

Red Porgy

Porgies
Red Porgy

Sheepshead

Porgies
Sheepshead

Spottail Pinfish

Porgies
Spottail Pinfish

Grass Porgy

Porgies
Grass Porgy

Hogfish

Wrasses
Hogfish

   


FWC Facts:
Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.

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