Cubera Snapper

Also known as Cuban Snapper, Cubera Snapper is one of the most sought game fishes. It belongs to ray-finned fish species and is a family of Lutjanidae.

This Snapper is a large fish and can weigh up to 125 pounds. The typical size weighs around 40 pounds. Its maximum length can go as long as 63 inches, but its regular length is 35 inches.

Cubera snapper is found in coastal waters and has an average lifespan of 55 years.


The Cuban Snapper has an elongated oval-shaped body with thick lips and a large mouth. It has strong canine teeth on both jaws. One enlarged pair is visible when it closes its mouth.

The color may vary from gray to dark brown, with pale bars or red hues on the sides. Juveniles have a distinct pattern on the flanks or side of their body.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Cubera Snapper is a resident of the Western Atlantic Ocean and is distributed across Brazil in the South and Nova Scotia in the North.

This fish can go as deep as 175 ft. and likes to swim near the shores. Young ones mostly habitats in areas around estuarine and freshwater canals.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Some common places to catch Cubera Snapper are coastal waters, rocky sea floor, deep shore water, estuaries, bays, etc.

This fish is mostly unavailable in northern areas of Florida and the Mexican Gulf. It prefers to stay in tropical water and is found primarily on reefs and seagrass beds.

Drift fishing and bottom bouncing over artificial reefs and wrecks are the best ways to catch Cubera Snapper.

Peak Season

The best time to fish big Cubera Snapper is in July. Months like March, April, August, and December are good times to catch this fish.

Best Bait

The following are fishing baits that you can apply to catch Cubera Snapper:

  • Squid
  • Shrimp
  • Jigs
  • Cut Bait