Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by Eric
Fishing charters in Port Canaveral offer many fishing opportunities for anglers looking to catch snapper. While there are several types of snapper that can be caught in these waters, knowing what to look for will help you target the right species.
The Three Most Popular Types of Snapper
This guide provides an overview of the three most popular types of snapper – red, mutton, and yellowtail – that can be found in Port Canaveral.
Red Snapper are one of the area’s most popular and sought-after species. These fish are known for their strong fight, excellent taste, and firm texture. They’re also relatively large, so you can expect a good catch when you go after them.
We routinely catch red snapper that are over 20 pounds, and they’re so plentiful in the area that it can be tough to get your bait past them to target other types of reef fish.
The red snapper is a highly regulated fish. In Port Canaveral, anglers can only keep red snapper for a couple of days in July. This is because these fish are managed by the FWC and NOAA Fisheries. The regulations are in place to help ensure the fish population remains healthy. The regulations may be annoying to some anglers, but they are necessary for the health of the red snapper population.
Mutton snapper is a very common snapper species found from Florida to South America. It is an important food fish and is also popular with sport fishermen. The mutton snapper has a long body and a large mouth.
Its coloration is variable, but it is usually some red, pink, or orange shade with small blue streaks on the head, back, and sides, with orange-tinted fins. The mutton snapper is a bottom-dwelling fish and is often found around reefs feeding on small crustaceans and fish.
Mutton snappers can grow to be quite large, with some specimens weighing in at over 25 pounds. They are aggressive fighters, making them a challenging and exciting catch for anglers of all experience levels. Mutton snappers can be found in various habitats, from reefs and wrecks to the flats.
The peak season runs from May through August. This is due to the spawning activities of the mutton snapper, which take place in July and August.
Yellowtail snapper is a delicious fish that is often sought after by fishermen. It is a small, schooling fish that prefers to swim in groups in and around reefs. Yellowtail snapper has a distinct yellow lateral line and blue-ish or olive sides with yellow spots above the line. The belly of the fish is pale white.
Yellowtail snapper is a popular fish to catch because it is good to eat. They may reach a maximum length of 30 inches, but they rarely exceed the weight of 5 pounds. The flesh of the fish is white and flaky, and it has a mild, delicious flavor. When cooked, the yellowtail snapper is tender and juicy. It is a versatile fish that can be cooked in many different ways. Whether grilled, baked, or fried, yellowtail snapper is always a treat.
The yellowtail snapper can be caught all year round. The only exception is during the coolest months, but even then they can be found around Port Canaveral. They are most active between March and November, so this is the best time to go fishing for them.
Go Snapper Fishing
No matter what time of year it is, there’s always a good chance of catching one of these three types of snapper in Port Canaveral. With careful observation and knowledge of their seasonal movements, you’re sure to land a delicious catch on your next charter!
Book a charter trip with Canaveral Kings Fishing Charters if you’re looking to catch some delicious snapper.