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These solitary reef fish are large, almond-shaped carnivores that average 3 feet long but can grow to 5 feet long. They are gray to dark brown, with a continuous dorsal fin, longish pectoral fins, and a long caudal peduncle (tail) ending in a stout caudal fin. They are very slender for fish in this family, but they do have the classic long snapper canine teeth that are visible even when their mouths are closed. They are a popular game fish but are vulnerable to over fishing during their spawning season.
Characteristics of the Cubera Snapper
- Dark brown-orange or gray in color, possibly with a red hue and pale bars on sides
- Triangle-shaped vomerine tooth patch
- Thick, heavy lips Strong canine teeth found in both jaws, one pair visible when mouth closed
Where to find a Cubera Snapper in Costa Rica?
The Cubera Snapper is a bottom dweller and the preferred places to find them are seamounts and coral reefs. Adults are more often found in structures or rocky bottoms at depths of 50-400 ft., juveniles found in estuarine areas.
Why fishing Cubera Snapper in Costa Rica?
Cubera Snapper fishing season in Costa Rica is year round.
Important notes about the Cubera Snapper
It is possible to find larger adults traveling alone, but they are typically found in large schools The cubera snapper is easily confused with the gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus). However, these two species can be distinguished from each other by the shape of the vomerine tooth patch at the top of the palate. The gray snapper has an anchor-shaped tooth patch while the cubera has a triangular-shaped patch.
Methods for catching Cubera Snapper
They can be fished with different techniques such as:
Bottom Fishing Inshore/Offshore
Bottom fishing is the go-to technique for countless anglers out there, and it’s easy to see why. Known for its fun, action-packed outings, it can produce catches of pretty much any size., bottom fishing involves lowering a weighted hook or lure to the bottom of the water column. Sounds simple enough, right? But there’s a bit more to it than that.
One of the things that makes bottom fishing so addictive is the fact that you can practice it in an endless number of ways. Depending on the water you’re fishing, and what you want to catch, you can choose from a number of fishing styles. You can use different bait and tackle, and play around with different presentations.
This may be the most frequent because of the small boats that move around the fishing areas. With this technique we can find areas where the active specimens are located, where we can then apply other more lively fishing methods. You can also do bottom fishing at the points where we find the active fish.