Mutton snapper are without a doubt one of the best eating fishes in the sea. Right up there next to the True American Red snapper for me and both are under the Hog Fish as my all time favorite.
Mutton snapper are a main staple of fishing for anglers here in Key West especially when they spawn in the months of April and May. Mostly a by catch for many anglers and fishing guides the rest of the year when fishing for grouper and yellowtail snapper on the reef line. Huge muttons live in the deep waters of 160 – 220 feet and require a bit of a run to get to them and quite a work out to power them up to the boat from that depth.
Here at Dream Catcher Charters We have mastered the year round mutton snapper fishing in less than 70 ft of water with consistent catches of 8-14 lb fish. Easy fishing with high reward and fun fights..
Yesterday we got out for a little while after messing with the permit and the cobia on the shallow wrecks and made use of an hour of bottom fishing time to catch this nice group of filets. Using smaller artificial baits and being very patient pays off when mutton snapper fishing.
The bite for mutton snapper should be real good right through February as the larger fish come in shallow to enjoy the huge amount of bait in the cooler waters. A nice side catch are the red and black groupers we obtain when fishing for these guys.
Lots of fun and plenty of action to be had out there. Give us a call and see what we have available. Take a look at our Key West wreck and reef fishing page to learn more about this sort of trip.
Dream Catcher Charters of Key West.. 305 292 7212