No doubt mangrove snapper are in abundance, it is not a piece of cake for an angler to catch one though. It takes quite a long time for you to sit with your rod and line and wait for the fish to fall into your trap. Call these fish smart headed or call them lucky, it really doesn’t matter; the truth is that you need to be at the expert level of fishing, if you want to catch these beauties.
If you don’t have a lot of experience in the field of fishing, here are the top 7 tips that can help you catch mangrove snapper for your next fish fry:
The location changes depending on the seasons. In the summer months (spawning season) you will find them close to shore, in lagoons and deep channels. In the fall, winter and spring you will find them along piers, bridges docs and other similar structures.
You will want to start with a medium poll and reel. This is important so you can feel the bites and set the hook fast. Remember that these fish have incredible vision, so make sure you have a life like lure (if using a lure) and low profile leader. Fluorocarbon line is the best choice as it is hard for the fish to detect.
Ok, so the first bait that comes to mind is shrimp; however crab makes up a large portion of the mangrove snapper diet. Using small crab is a great choice. The best bait of all may be sardines. The shiny scales attract these fish immediately.
Mangrove snapper fishing is open year round and it is one of the best tasting fish out there. The minimum size limit is 10 inches and max per day is 5. Now go out there and give it a shot. Good luck!