Cubera Snapper

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Cubera Snapper

Species Information

Scientific Name:Lutjanus cyanopterus
Common Names:Cubera
Environment:Nearshore, Offshore
Ideal Temp:

About Cubera Snapper

Cubera snapper is a species of large predatory fish found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the southern coast of Brazil. It is one of the largest snapper species and is highly prized by commercial and recreational fishermen. 

Cubera snappers have a robust, elongated body with a sloping forehead and a large mouth filled with sharp teeth. They have a dark reddish-brown coloration on their backs and a lighter coloration on their sides and belly. 

Cubera snappers are opportunistic predators and feed on a variety of prey, including fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods. They are known to inhabit rocky areas, coral reefs, and wrecks, and are usually found in depths of 90 to 300 feet (30 to 100 meters). They are a popular game fish, known for their strong fighting ability, but are also valued for their flesh, which is considered to be of high quality.

Cubera snappers are often found in deep waters near rocky outcrops, coral reefs, and shipwrecks. Bottom fishing with live or dead bait is a popular technique for catching these fish. Common baits include live baitfish, squid, and cut bait. Another popular live bait used is lobsters. Anglers can use a range of fishing tackle depending on the size of the fish, including heavy spinning or conventional reels and strong fishing lines. 

Jigging is another effective technique for catching Cubera snapper. This involves using a metal jig, which is dropped to the bottom and then retrieved in a rapid, jerky motion to simulate a wounded baitfish. Cubera snappers are known to be attracted to the movement of the jig and will often strike aggressively.


The IGFA All-Tackle World Record Cubera snapper weighed 124 pounds, 12-ounces and was caught at Garden Bank, Louisiana on June, 2007. Angler Marion Rose using a Spanish sardine bait and 80-pound test Power Pro braided line.

Cubera Snapper Fishing

World Record:124 pounds 12 ounces (56 kg), Garden Bank, Louisiana, June, 2007
# Fish Caught:25343 documented in database.
Earliest Record:1/1/1861 12:00:00 AM and located at 21.59196, -79.43408.
Latest Record:2/1/2024 10:37:12 AM and located at 9.42724, -84.16957.
Common Techniques:Bottom Fishing, Jigging
Popular Lure Types:Bottom Rig, Jigs
Fishing Spots:253 Cubera Snapper fishing spots.


Latest Cubera Snapper Fishing Reports and Spots

Fishing Report January 23th Sailfish and some bottom fishing - 2/1/2024 10:37:12 AM

Hello Anglers today we had a full day offshore we departure from Marina Pez Vela around 7 am today we are looking for the sailfish bite and we (View)

fishing Report January 18th Drake bay adventure - 1/26/2024 1:49:39 PM

On another day of fishing on Drake Bay Costa Rica today we released 8 pacific sailfish 4 Mahi Mahi and one cubera Snapper tomorrow we are going (View)

Fishing Report January 19th Inshore on Drake Bay - 1/26/2024 1:55:19 PM

Today we fished inshore on Drake Bay we released 7 Roosterfish around 30 to 45 inches one large Spanish Mackerel and one Cubera Snapper these t (View)

Another Adventure: Drake Bay January 14th - 1/18/2024 6:46:40 PM

Today we were on the way to Drake bay for another fishing expedition during this travel we raised 4 sailfish and released 2 and we did bottom f (View)

Drake Bay Another option for fishing in Costa Rica - 12/20/2023 7:22:49 PM

Drake Bay is a beautiful remote location on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica known for its stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity. today (View)

December 18th Inshore on Drake bay - 12/21/2023 11:43:49 AM

Today we fishing on Drake Bay we looking for roosterfish and this is the fishing report we released 5 roosterfish in medium and large sizes and (View)

Snapper - 2/23/2023 2:59:59 PM

Snapper is a mainstay on the reefs surrounding Key West Florida. There are several varieties of Snapper including Yellowtail Grey Mutton Cubera (View)

February 2 inshore day - 2/10/2023 7:55:01 PM

Today we had a great day inshore we released 2 roosterfish about 30 inches one cubera Snapper 10 needlefish and one barracuda. catch some live (View)

Cubera Snapper 9653 - 10/9/2022 7:34:17 PM

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Cubera Snapper 8806 - 10/9/2022 7:33:15 PM

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