Recent Reviews

Andrew was the BOMB!! We had a great time! Caught tons of fish and hooked into some big ones! Andrew worked hard for us and had fun with us! I highly recommend Andrew for any trip!

Jason T. with Andrew A. of Key Largo, Florida

We had a great time and caught a lot of fish we will use Jon again

Joe W. with Jon F. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

We had 2 boats. Ben was captain on one. Our captain was Zack. He was the BEST!! So friendly, we had a blast! I would recommend him to everyone! Donna

James B. with Ben T. of Tavernier, Florida

Ben was very knowledgeable as to where the fish were. From the Barricuda my grandson caught, to all the other fish my son in law, and myself caught. The weather was tremendous. Zach, and Ben changed their schedule to accommodate the 2 families. Will definitely book with them again.

James B. with Ben T. of Tavernier, Florida

We’ve fished in Southern Texas many times and this was our best trip yet! Ruben was really friendly and patient. He was very knowledgeable about the different species of fish and knew all the hot spots!

Gumecindo L. with Ruben G. 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 G. 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 B. 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 S. 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 S. 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 A. of St. Petersburg, 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.