The largest of the snapper species, averaging 15-75lbs, Cubera Snappers are silver or steely gray to dark brown on the head, body and fins and occasionally have a reddish tinge. They tend to be darker on their dorsal edge and sometimes have a pinkish, purplish sheen. The Cubera has thick lips, dark red eyes, and a rounded anal fin and large sets of sharp teeth.
Cubera Snapper can be found Nearshore and offshore, typically congregated around rocky bottom structure and reefs in depths from 50-200 feet.
Snapper commonly eat small fish, squid, crustaceans and chunked baits.. They are veracious feeders and are caught with a wide variety of baits.
Caught here year round, July through December offer the strongest Snapper bites. There are multiple species of Snapper caught here.
All species of Snapper offer the angler a challenging battle, especially when hooked on light tackle. They are hard fighters that once hooked make strong, head shaking runs for the bottom, looking for cover. Cubera Snappers are commonly caught using 50-100lb test line.
Most Effective Angling Technique:
Live bait slow trolled or fished directly on the bottom. Dead bait or live crabs, small lobsters, fished on the bottom over rocky structure and reefs.
Excellent! White, Flaky fillets when cooked.
Preferred Water Temps
70 to 89