Snapper on the fly
About Snapper in Baja, Mexico
Snapper is one of the most sought-after species for sport fishing in Sonora and Baja California, Mexico. These fish have a high demand because of their size, excellent taste, and high value on the local and international markets. This makes them an important fish to both the commercial fishery and individual anglers.
There are 23 species of snapper in Mexican waters, 9 of which are on the Pacific coast. We primarily catch Pacific red, Colorado, and spotted rose snapper. Barred Pargo also will take a fly, and are a beautiful member of the snapper family.
Baja snappers are found in the Pacific Ocean, along the Pacific coast of Baja California, and in the Sea of Cortez. They are found seasonally in surf zones and nearshore reefs, but they can also be caught in deep water up to 300 feet deep. We often find them in the mangroves of Magdalena Bay.
Red snappers live in warm water and migrate each year to reach colder waters for spawning. The red snapper spawns during the months of August and September in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
Snappers are carnivores whose diet consists of crabs, octopus, squid, shrimp, fish, and small crustaceans found on rocky bottoms with sandy patches at depths of about 10 meters (33 feet). Red snappers are also preyed upon by larger fish like barracuda, yellowtail, and grouper.
Where to catch Snapper in Baja
Snappers are a common fish in the region, with stable populations despite being a highly sought-after commercial fish. Snapper can be found in all of the waters around the Baja Peninsula, including the three areas (East Cape, Cabo, and Magdalena Bay) that we fish.
Snappers are found in both the shallows near shore and deeper water. Meaning we tend to catch them on both inshore and offshore fishing trips.