Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week - Dog Snapper    Dog Snapper     

Lutjanus jocu


  • Color brown with a bronze tinge, lighter on sides.
  • Canine teeth very sharp, one pair notably enlarged, visible even when mouth is closed.
  • In adults, pale triangle and a light blue interrupted line below the eye.
  • No dark spot on body underneath dorsal fin.

Similar Fish: Schoolmaster, L. apodus, other snappers.

Size: To 30 pounds (36 inches).

Habitat: Large adults offshore over coral and rocky reefs; juveniles associated with estuaries.

Notes: Spawns from spring through fall; known as a night feeder, taking fishes, mollusks and crustaceans.

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From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.

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