10/17 stud mango

Got to fish yesterday outta mayport. Forecast was a little off. Still pushed through all the way out to 58 miles. Just 2 of us this time but got our limit of porgys and vermillion with 9 stud triggers and my personal best mangrove that hit a freelined cigar minnow in 136 feet of water. 


  • Let's Go AmigoLet's Go Amigo Posts: 2,366 Captain
    Nice trip!

  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 658 Officer
    God job panga brother!
  • StayinLazyStayinLazy Posts: 466 Deckhand
    Nice work slick, we were in 170-200 out of St Augustine yesterday and had the same box.  Not that nice of a Mango though!!  That thing is a hoss
  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,368 Admiral
    Good Job man !!
  • portusrogerportusroger Posts: 165 Deckhand
    What were them triggers eating?
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 7,307 Admiral
    Cuberra possibly. Though with one of that size you have to look at inside roof of mouth to be sure.

    Either way, one of the absolute best. And truth be the way you caught him is classic mangrove so who knows.
  • Let's Go AmigoLet's Go Amigo Posts: 2,366 Captain
    Thats a mango..100%

  • bigslickbigslick Posts: 124 Deckhand
    Triggers were all caught on cuddlefish
  • ChonggChongg Posts: 680 Officer
  • cftsmokecftsmoke JacksonvillePosts: 165 Deckhand
    Nice job. Need to man up an just make the run.
    2005 Everglades 290 Pilot.  Twin 250 Verados.
  • GuanagatorGuanagator MayportPosts: 418 Deckhand
    Good fishing! 
  • BottomBumpinBottomBumpin Jax BeachPosts: 1,232 Officer
    congrats on pushing thru and making it happen!
  • CaptKozCaptKoz Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Nice work!
  • po28derpo28der Posts: 260 Deckhand
    That’s a haul 
  • po28derpo28der Posts: 260 Deckhand
    That’s a haul 
  • StayinLazyStayinLazy Posts: 466 Deckhand
    What were them triggers eating?
    On my trip they were chewing anything, cut up ballyhoo, beeliners, squid.  They were just hungry
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 7,307 Admiral
    Thats a mango..100%

    Way back....as in 35+ years.....we in the seafood industry understood clearly that what we called a "mango" in this area was a catchall colloquialism used to describe both Gray Snapper ( Mangroves....Lutjanus Griseus ) and Cuberas (  Lutjanus Cyanopetrus )which had not attained a large enough size to where it was no longer possible that they could be Gray Snapper. 

    The dividing line being at about 20 pounds or so.

    To make a species determination of smaller fish generally requires prying the mouth open and looking at the inside roof pattern. Other tells become apparent as the fish age and surely some experts can just "look" at a younger age and make a determination, but for most of us the roof pattern really helps.

    While calling the fish in the picture a "mango" is correct in the local sense it is not precise as to species. Though it is more likely than not that it is a Gray Snapper there is the possibility of it being a Cubera without more careful inspection.

    Mouth roof pattern is here: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/lutjanus-cyanopterus/

  • Ladder ManLadder Man Posts: 1,186 Officer
    Always awesome info Ben.  That's a stud snapper either way!
  • Plastered2850Plastered2850 Posts: 1,763 Captain
    Nice catch.
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