Cuberal Snapper Description:
Here's a technical discription of the cubera snapper provided by the Florida Wildlife Commission: Dorsal fins are connected and consist of 10 spines, followed by 14 rays. The anal fin is roundish and consists of 8 rays. There are 5-7 gill rakers on the lower limb of the first branchial arch. The pectoral fins do not quite reach to the origin of the anal fin. the eyes are dark red and the body ranges from gray to greenish, often tinged with red. its closest look-alike may be the gray, or "mangrove" snapper.
Central Florida's east coast is not really known for it's cubera snapper fishing, but we put it on our database because it's a fish of interest and we occasionally have someone inquire about these snapper. Cubera are generally found in deeper waters closer to the main drop around 250 plus feet and can be caught on live or dead baits. It's a practice in some areas to actually use whole live lobsters to target cuberas as that seems to be their primary food. A popular fish on the coast of Central America, the cubera is an impressive snapper because of it's size, dogged shaped teeth and tasty meat.
Where Cuberal Snapper Are Found: Ranges in depths of 2-3 feet to over 200 feet. Found in tropical waters in all the Americas and can often be caught around reef, rock and structure.
Florida Record Cuberal Snapper: 116 pounds
Remarks: Take a look at the 84 pound Cubera Snapper Captain Richard caught. If recorded correctly it would still be a standing 15 pound test record.
[Cubera Snapper] It is a hard fighter, particularly on light tackle, and a fine food fish, though the flesh of larger fish may be course.
Florida Cuberal Snapper Regulations: Not less than 12" or more than 30", Included within 10 per harvester per day Snapper aggregate bag limit if under 30", Allowed 2 Cubera Snapper over 30" per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less. 30" or larger not included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit.
Ocaassionally we catch a cubera snapper out of Port Canaveral's offshore waters, but more than often you'll catch their cousins the red snapper and mangrove snapper. South Florida anglers use whole lobster in pursuit of the biggest of the snapper family that often tip the 100 pound mark on the scale. Cubera are caught in deep water dropoffs in 250 of water but make it into the shallows to spawn in the late spring and summer.
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