The 8th Mexican Caribbean Species: Lunar Snapper or Creole

COw a delivery more about species that can be found in the Mexican Caribbean, and that it is of interest to sport fishing, we’ll talk about lunar snapper, similar to previous writings will be treated some information of interest about the species and some comments on his fishing.

Within the family of the Snappers (lutjanidae) there are several species that are of interest to sport fishing, and can be found in our Mexico, both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific and for its distribution, we can well look them as a species that provides quick attacks and which can be fished with different types of lures.

Later try the theme of sport fishing for this species, well worth a look for them and when some are captured incidentally, we will bring us a good surprise.

This species is also one of the exploited by commercial fishing, has a high commercial importance, so it is looking for in our seas for its food exploitation.


It is a kind of tropical waters, which can be found basically in the Atlantic Ocean, from the coast of Massachusetts in the USA to the South coast of the Brazil, passing through all the Caribbean, the West Indies and of course the Gulf of Mexico.

For our country, we can find you throughout the Atlantic coast from the State of Tamaulipas to the North on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

Lunar Snapper is considered a coastal species and water semi-profundas, as usually it is located in areas of Rocky and coral, reef areas Fund, usually in places ranging from 20 to 95 meters depth, but at night we can find it in a little more low-lying areas especially if there are reefs, since during this period he performed his hunting. Although in its adult stage generally encountered in reef areas, when young people can be found in the estuaries and beaches, always will enter the estuary when the current is inward, and when the water level rises by the action of the tide. One of its features when young people is that they can be found in areas of sandy bottom or plants, which here we call “grasslands” and when adults, usually are found on the reef or rocky areas and deeper.

Called lunar snapper or pargo Creole, sama, pargo cebal, or mulatto Snapper in Spanish, snapper mutton or mutton fish in English, caranho, unfriendly, ceoba, chioba or ciobinha in portuguese, Orielle noir, Carde clair, or SIP in French. As in all species common names are different in each area, even in the same language.

Presents a lunar color black near the tail, on the midline of the body and hence takes its name, its coloration is pinkish, his back presents a green olive tree, and presents a few lines of bright blue under the eyes, as well as lines or bands clear that go back to the bottom of the body their fins are a pink color more intense that it may even be red.

Like many other species, can change colors and make them more intense, sometimes your body bands are lost and his body becomes pink or reddish color like blue lines under their eyes, which may lose its intensity at times.

Morphology and some scientific data:

This species of snapper can reach measuring about one meter in length, since the maximum record to date is 94 cm, and the registered maximum weight is 15.6 kg, so far it has a record of 29-year longevity.

Belongs to the family lutjanidae and some representatives of this family that are very similar there as the “lutjanus campechanus”, but differ by some characteristics such as the number of spines on its dorsal fin and something that simple view can detect: color.

Being of the family lutjanidae is called scientifically lutjanus analis

Unlike other Snappers of the snapper family, it is powerful teeth, as a bucket that has a protruding fangs.

Les is usually in areas reef at depths ranging up to 95 meters, age adult move in reef areas and juvenile stages well we find in them in the estuaries, in shallow areas. Like many of its relatives, this also feeds at night.

A total of 10-11-Spined dorsal, followed by soft rays which can be from 13 to 14, has in addition a total of 3 Annals spines, followed by 7 or 8 soft rays.Their pectoral fins are long and can get to the anal area. Usually its back can take olive green colors clear, with shades of red to pink in fins and rest of the body, has blue lines along the body which go from head to tail, and can present several of them. They have a black patch on the back of the spine, before the base of the tail, which in our country gives them the name of “lunar snapper”

When young they can be found in relatively large shoals, now older and in adult stages tend to be solitary or move in small groups or couples. During the day they form small groups or schools that are separated at night. They feed during the day and at night and their diet is composed of small fish, Octopus, shrimp and crabs. Their meat is of very good quality and is a white meat in some countries starts them to capture aquarium type, specifically for reef aquariums.

Sport fishing:

For the fishing of this species, well we can use lures or bait, a medium or light equipment can give us a pleasant feeling in the fight.

In the image on the left a lunar 5 kg snapper, fish in mahahual, Quintana Roo, trolling near the reef with a Yo – beautiful Zury, mounted 30-pound monofilament line a legendary Mitchell Captain reel (which already ceased to manufacture as some 20 years ago)

Rods: can use spinning or casting rod being sufficient equipment for lines up to 20-25 lbs. In general is not required a powerful Reed, it is more recommended a computer medium to light, in any of the above-mentioned forms.

Reels: Like rods, can use both spinning reels (coil fixed) as casting (rotating coil) with lines from 8 or 10 pounds to say about 25 lbs.

Lure: we can trolear or cast lures of different forms and types, preferably those that are deep or mid-water lures give good results, being a species that feeds on different types of animals, as mentioned above, we can use lures that simulate fish, crabs, shrimp, both rigid and rubber. Fishing is more well incidental, because being on the reef is one of the species that can be found.

I have had fish them with large lures, which one would think that would not be attacked by a lunar snapper, as the I-Zury Nice in size of 8 ” trolling up reefs.

When caught them in the stream, they can attack any lure half water, type minnow, in any available brand.

Bait fishing: in the case of fishing with bait, we recommend the use of a leader of monofilament, attached to the main line with a swivel, and a sliding lead, which allows the animal to take the bait, and we can settle the hook. We can use different baits like shrimp, lizeta, whole sardine chunks or halved, squid into pieces, all of them preferably fresh, here use write or what the Americans call “Ballyho” in small pieces of one or two inches wide.

Hooks of good quality, with a size ranging from 5/0 7/0, if we think that in the area there are large Snappers should preferably be used.

As mentioned can fish it on the day or at night, the evening never I have fish, nor I have seen nobody fishing, a snapper with lures, only with bait.

In the image on the right is a lunar snapper weighed 6 kg, fish in the punta cancun, during the night, using lizeta as bait, with a reel Okuma Epixor, a Reed eagle clan model cat claw for lines up to 25 lbs. Using braided line.

Lines: Here we can use monofilament or braided lines, but we must always ensure that our Navy is less visible as possible, since when we use such metal leaders we will have less possibilities with this species. In the case of using braided lines, we must put a good stretch of leader or leader of monofilament or fluorocarbon, impact, allowing us to make our deception, somewhat less visible than if we use metal leader.

For the fishing with bait, I prefer by far, use braided lines, whether power pro, stren super braid, or brand of your choice in weights of up to 30 lbs, use, will allow us to have a very good sensitivity, because with them, we can feel when the fish takes the deception and we only put a bit of pressure to seat the hook , unlike the monofilament, which we really pulled our rig, to be able to properly nail the hook.