Recent Reviews

★★★★★
Awesome Trip!! Great boat and Captain Rueben was fantastic!

gregory g. with Ruben Garcia of Port Isabel, Texas

★★★★★
Captain Reuban was awesome! Caught several different species, Mangove Snapper, snook, reds, and specks! Great day! Seriously awesome boat as well!!

gregory g. with Ruben Garcia of Port Isabel, Texas

★★★★★
Capt Walt did a great job getting my wife and I on fish!!!! All in all a great day of Inshore fishing catching speckled trout!!!!

Anthony H. with Walter Bode of South Padre Island, Texas

★★★★★
We had a great day out on the water with Michael. In less than ideal water and wind conditions he worked hard to put us on fish and we ended up with a nice catch of trout, redfish and flounder (and caught quite few more fish below the limit). They were really accommodating when it came to changing dates due to weather and the location for easy pick up... I will use them again for sure.

Simon S. with Blake Sartor of Dickinson, Texas

★★★★★
Captain Nate from the beginning asked a lot of questions about us and what our hopes were. He was extremely informative about what the conditions were, fish in season, and other tid-bits regarding our trip. Heading out we encountered extremely heavy fog so it was a bit slow getting out where we needed to be. Once we got out where we needed to be it was absolutely beautiful and Captain Nate put us on a couple catches. We got Trigger, Red Snapper, a B-Liner, and some tropical looking fish.. Unfortunately we were only able to keep the B-Liner but our family thoroughly enjoyed the trip! Once we started making our way in we realized that there was a red Tide which hindered some of our fishing. I will definitely book Captain Nate again on our next trip.

Ken H. with Nathan Stow of Panama City Beach, Florida

★★★★★
We had awesome trip with capt Mike. He is very pleasant, knowledgeable and patient. With his guidance we caught snappers, red fish, snook, and cat fish and kept 12 great sized snappers😊

Laura A. with Mike Ayersman of St. Petersburg, Florida

★★★★★
Awesome experience great time and the crew was great!!!

Armando H. with Leaf Potter of Freeport, Texas

★★★★★
Our trip with Gulf Bay charters with Captain Rick and his first rate deckhand Logan was fantastic. They put us on multiple fish of different types and we tried different methods, some trolling, a lot of bottom fishing and some deep water with electric reels. We caught a lot of large triggerfish, three King mackerels and enough Mingo (vermillion) snapper that we had far too much fish to eat over the next two days. The boat was fantastic, offering the six of us more than enough space to spread out and all fish at once, and Logan was knowledgeable and efficient at everything. I really enjoyed catching a small shark and we had a larger one steal some of our fish to add a little excitement. Near the end of the day we had a large amberjack up to the boat but unfortunately he got off. We played with a few barracuda as well, caught a few snapper and small groupers that we couldn't keep and in between spots, we could chat and I enjoyed learning about the local waters and the trade. I personally caught 22 fish and my son got 21 so we were busy. The weather was near perfect and Rick adeptly steered us around a small storm, where we got to see a waterspout. I would highly recommend Gulf Bay - we had a blast and really enjoyed getting to learn from a couple of true professionals. Thank you Captain Rick, thank you Logan!

mike c. with Rick Durant of Pensacola, Florida

★★★★★
We had a great time! He put us on trout first thing. We ran out of bait, but not his fault. He worked hard to put us on red fish, but we just didn’t find them. My wife was thrilled at the whole experience and loved catching fish, even hard heads!

Charles L. with Walter Bode of South Padre Island, Texas

★★★★★
Great Trip! We enjoyed ourselves and are going home with LOTS of snapper. Reeled in my first shark. Thanks Captain !

Lisa B. with Joel Brandenburg of Marathon, Florida

Everything You Need to Know About Mangrove Snapper Fishing

What is a Mangrove Snapper?

The mangrove snapper (Lutjanus griseus), also known as the gray snapper or colloquially as a “mango”, is a species of snapper located in the Atlantic Ocean, in both brackish and fresh waters. They are popular commercially, as gamefish, and also in the aquarium trade. Although they are named after the mangroves where they like to reside, they can also be found in deep rocky bottoms, wrecks and reefs, seagrass beds, and even inshore estuaries, rivers and lakes.

They are usually a grayish red color, but can also be found range from bright to copper red, with a dark stripe across their eye. Although they become fully mature at about 2 years, these snappers can live for up to 20 years.

How big do Mangrove Snapper get?

The smallest of all the snappers, the average size of a mangrove snapper is only one to 3 pounds. However, in rare instances, they can reach over 18 inches and 10 pounds. Unlike many fish species, both the females and males tend to be about the same size, and are externally indiscernible.

What's the biggest Mangrove Snapper ever caught?

The current record with the International Game Fish Foundation is held by Tim Champagne, with a 32 inch long, 18 pound, 10 ounce mangrove snapper. On July 22nd, 2015, he landed the beast out of Cocodrie, Lousiana while aboard Captain Andre Bourdreaux’s boat, M/V Showtime. Using live croaker, it only took five minutes to reel into the boat, and completely crushed Steve Maddox’s 1992 record of 17 pounds.

Where is the best place to catch Mangrove Snapper?

Mangrove snapper can be found in the southern half of the United States, into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. As their name suggests, you can find them in mangrove lagoons, the largest will be found on offshore reefs and wrecks.

Some of the most notable places to target these snapper are the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico.

When should I catch Mangrove Snapper?

Although mangrove snapper are good to catch year round, they spawn from April to November, making summer the peak season. The warm weather will bring them closer inshore, where you can find them around piers, bridges, and within jetties. Since they are night foragers, you can even target them after sundown.

How do you catch Mangrove Snapper?

Mangrove snapper are temperamental and finicky creatures. Once a few out of their school have been caught, they can become difficult to catch.

Though, when it comes to gear, it is much more simple. Any inshore, light tackle will do. Bait-wise, you can use artificials, live, or flies. For artificial bait, the most highly recommended is Berkeley Gulf shrimp, or any other soft, plastic imitation of typical live bait, which includes mud minnows, finger mullet, or crabs.

Are Mangrove Snapper good to eat? What are the best Mangrove Snapper recipes?

Mangrove snappers are typically regarded as being a very delicious fish to eat. Some of the most popular methods of serving are fried, grilled, and smoked, typically paired with garlic or citrus flavors.