Snapper, Yellowtail

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Snapper, Yellowtail

Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record


FL Record

8lbs 9oz

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Scientific Name

Ocyurus chrysurus

Common Names

Flag, Tail, Rabirubia,


The Yellowtail Snapper gathers its name from its distinct forked yellow tail and a striking yellow band of color on its midsection. The side of the body is ranges from olive to bluish with a silver or white belly.

Habitat & Behaviour

Yellowtail Snappers are at home in warm tropical coastal waters and can be found in shallower depths around coral reefs. They can be found as solitary fish or traveling in a school.

Natural Prey

The Yellowtail Snapper is a nighttime hunter that eats other fish and invertebrates.

Handling Tips

Reef fish like the Snapper require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. Don’t put fingers in mouth, grab behind head or underneath. Don’t grab by gills – grab underneath on the belly. Try not to damage the fish – don’t recommend grabbing by eyes. If harvesting, gaff larger ones around head. Meat very sought after so don’t gaff there.