If you are looking for serious sports fishing, then you may not have to look much further than the Cubera Snapper. This species of Snapper can get pretty big and make for a great day out on the water. Watching one of these bad boys getting reeled in will make any angler’s day. But unlike other species of Snapper that are readily identified, you are going to have to get up close and personal if you want to make sure you are reeling in a Cubera.
The Cubera Snapper comes in a dark brown or gray color with possibly a reddish hue to them. What is interesting is that the name Cubera suggests that they have a bluefin. However, when inspecting this snapper you will find only a slightly hint of blue on the fin. You will, however, notice the row of teeth that looks like an inverted “V” and the canine teeth within this species strong jaw.
It is, in fact, the teeth that set this species apart. On the outer surface, you will find that the Cubera looks very similar if not identical to the giant Gray Snapper. Yet, won’t be able to tell for certain which species you have until you open its mouth. The giant Grey Snapper’s teeth come with a shaft, while the Cubera does not. That one distinction sets the Cubera apart from its twin brother.
Now when it comes to good eating, you won’t be disappointed with the Cubera. This species of Snapper is delightful at 40 pounds. However, it isn’t uncommon to find Cubera Snappers that come in at over 100 pounds. The record for the largest Cubera caught was 121 pounds 8 ounces. In the state of Florida, the record holds at 116 pounds.
Granted you may want to go after the bigger more sport like fishing and reel in a Cubera over 100 pounds. Just be aware of the dangers of eating one so big. Cubera over 40 tends to be robust and coarse. Not to mention they can also carry Ciguatera poisoning. So, just be careful.