Gray Snapper:


  • Dark brown or gray with reddish or orange spots in rows along the sides
  • A dark horizontal band from snout through eye is present in young only
  • Two conspicuous canine teeth are present at front of upper jaw
  • Ddorsal fins have dark or reddish borders
  • No dark spot is present on side underneath dorsal fin


Juvenile gray snapper are found inshore in tidal creeks, mangroves, and grass beds.  Adults are generally found nearshore or offshore on coral or rocky reefs.


Spawning occurs June through August.  Gray snapper feed on crustaceans and small fish.

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Fishing Tips and Facts:

Gray snapper caught offshore are common 8 to 10 pounds. Gray snapper are similar in appearance to the cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus.

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