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           How To Catch Big Snapper

Snapper Tackle - A light to medium spinner  will work for most snapper.  Very light mono fishing line in 10 - 12 lb test works best for mangrove snapper. Fluoro carbon leaders will improve your bites. Use one of the popular rubber fishing lures and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jigs.  Best colors are yellow, Green, purple and pink.  

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                  Best Tackle For Snapper

   Snapper bite quickly and steal your bait. One popular saying is "you have to set the hook before it bites". So always be ready to set the hook when fishing for snappers. Use smaller hooks as snapper have smaller mouths. Snapper love shrimp and will often steal only the shrimp tails from a whole shrimp. so it is best to hook the shrimp in the tail rather than the head as if often done in red fishing. Actually it is best to use only a small piece of shrimp on the hook once the fish are feeding.

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  Snapper Fishing Strategies That Work

  Snapper Techniques -  Snapper will hit Jigs, Rubber Baits, Rubber Worms, live Shiners, small Pinfish and  Shrimp. Try casting an artificial shrimp on an incoming tide. You can also fish for snapper using trolling methods similar to trolling for Grouper except you need to use smaller lures. Snapper want to see the bait approach them moving with the current just a real live bait would do.

              Fishing Snapper In The Gulf Passes

  One popular and successful method has been to fish for snapper in the gulf passes during the late summer months and into early fall. Using a medium fishing rod and reel with 10 to 20 lb mono fishing line and a 4 ft fluoro carbon leader rigged with a small sardine, pinfish or shrimp cast the rig about 30 ft from the boat and let it sink to the bottom. This fishing is best during a slow incoming tide. Use a 3/4 oz oval sliding sinker and add a swivel to one end of the leader that will connect to the fishing line and will stop the sinker 4 feet from the bait. Add a # 2 or 3 circle hook to the other end of the leader. Plan a drift pass that will take you over potential bottom structure. The idea is to let the sinker drag along the bottom with the incoming tide. When you feel a slight bump set the hook smartly and quickly. You can catch some 5 - 8 lb mangrove grouper in the gulf passes using this technique. The snapper make an annual migration from offshore into the passes in the late summer months, usually in August, and then continue on into the bays. After they leave the passes you can catch them around the mangroves with deeper water.


                        Using A Popping Floater

  catch snapper using floater

   Another successful snapper fishing method is to use a popping floater and 3 ft of leader. Using a small live shrimp or a lead jig tipped with a piece of fresh shrimp, cast as close to the mangroves as possible and let the bait sit still for a few minutes. In many cases the floater will go under the water almost as soon as it hits the water. If not pop the floater so it makes a gurgling sound in the water and let it sit for another few minutes. You can also experiment using a split shot sinker near your bait. Look for areas where the water is deepest up near the mangroves and it helps if there are some fallen limbs or trees in the water as well.


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        Rubber Baits Work For Snapper

 Rubber Baits Fishing -   Many different rubber baits will work for catching big snapper. Artificial sardines and small pinfish lures catch their share of snapper. Shrimp imitations lures are probably the best for catching snapper though, next to actual live baits like shrimp.

    The tidal rivers always offer some great snapper fishing opportunities. There are regulations on snapper fishing so be sure to check the latest fishing regulations before fishing for snapper.  

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                                    Big Snapper Tips

   Snapper Tips - Use lighter fishing line, smaller baits and hooks, use fluoro carbon leaders and set the hook as soon as you feel the first nibble on the bait. You can also try chumming around the mangroves to entice the snapper info feeding. Fish the flooding tides along the deeper water adjacent to mangroves. Fish the Full moon, especially when the moon is also overhead or at 90 degrees to either the rising or setting horizon.  


  Always check on the latest snapper fishing regulations when targeting snapper. Snapper are protected in some areas. go the fishing regulations for the latest information.




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 Plan the next fishing trip. Have a plan where to start the day fishing and the next spot, the next and so forth. Have a plan for the fishing tackle needed and the species targeted. In case someone is already fishing a location have a backup plan. Rig fishing poles the night before and be ready to cast the fishing rod at all times. Never know when a fishing/catching opportunity will present itself when on the water.

*  If possible check and plan fishing trips around the full and new moons. If fishing saltwater, plan to be on the water 30 minutes to an hour before the water starts moving from dead low tide. The early part of the incoming can be the best, as can be the early parts of an outgoing tide. Best full/new moon days will be when the moon is directly overhead or at 90 degrees (rising/setting moon) while you are on the water fishing. Fishing is usually better 2 - 3 days before or after a new/full moon.

*  Always keep the hooks sharp. Carry a sharpening stone and keep the hook tips sharp. Consider removing the barbs. By maintain constant pressure on the fish the hook will not pull out without a barb. It also makes it better for the fish when they are going to be released.

* Always have a careful eye on the water and surroundings while on the water. Many times the birds or other fish feeding in the area will signal a great location to check out. Birds diving into the water is a good indication of baitfish in the area and the big fish won't be far behind.

* Always use some kind of scent on artificial fishing lures and chum is a good idea when using fishing lures or live baits. Scents will greatly increase the chances of catching fish. For one thing they help disguise human odors on your lures.

* Try to dispense or set a chum bag up stream or up tide when the current is moving to help disperse the chum in the water. A great simple chum mixture is canned mackerel and menhaden oil. Experiment with the mixture and toss small bits overboard upstream of the cast net area. Store in the freezer until the next fishing trip. Just freshen with some menhaden oil and water after allowing it to thaw.

* Check the fishing line often for abrasions, cuts and bad knots. When a big strike finally occurs don't let tackle failure be the reason he got away. Change the fishing line every couple months and use a quality fishing line. Fluoro carbon leaders are highly recommended for certain predator fish.

* When deciding on lure colors keep in mind the environment to be fishing. The water visibility, the sky condition, the wind and the temperatures. Use blue, purple, black, green in milky, unclear or deeper waters. Use White, chartreuse or yellow in clearer or shallow waters. Red also makes a great top water lure application color. Determine if the fish are viewing your fishing lure against the bottom, somewhere in the water column or under a bright sky background. This will affect your lure color selection and appearance to the fish. Many times the water will in fact be clear but there is suspended particles in the water that makes it appear milky or muddy. Waters are often clearer in the fall and winter months, then milky in the summer months due to heavier boat traffic, rain runoffs and biological processes in the warmer waters. Plan and rig fishing tackle appropriately.

* Use smaller jig heads on artificial shrimp lures and/or less lead weight on lure offerings. Free lining rubber lures and live baits can be the ticket to catch fish when they are not biting so well.

*Slow down the retrieve of the lure and/or move it slowly on the bottom. This tactic aggravates the big fish and lures them to strike your lure.

* Try using a popping floater for redfish, trout and some other aggressive species. The sound of a popping floater simulates fish striking baitfish in the area and will attract the bigger fish. This is a killer Redfish and Seatrout tactic. Especially up tight around the mangroves on high tides and on the trout flats on low incoming or low outgoing tides.

*  Use lighter fishing tackle and fishing lines. Unless fishing around docks, or mangroves try using lighter leaders and primary fishing lines. 8 -12 or even 6 lb test fishing line for trout without a leader will often perform better on slow days.

* Get out of the boat and wade fish or walk the shore. Some of the biggest freshwater and saltwater fish are caught while wade fishing or walking the shoreline of lakes and rivers. A boat is not necessary to catch quality fish.

* Don't have a boat and plan to fish a seawall, bridge or shore then try hand trolling. Just put on a shallow diving plug, swimming bait, or hook & live pinfish and pull the bait up the shoreline, dock or bridge. Some really big fish have been caught this way so be prepared with the appropriate tackle, lines and leaders when utilizing this method.

* One popular method of catching monster snook is to build a heavy duty snatch rod & bait setup, also known as a Calcutta Pole. This is a heavy fishing rod or wooden stick. Tie a double loop of 20 ft length, strong 1/4 inch rope around the thicker end of a 7 - 8 ft bamboo pole about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.  With that loop secure move up from the butt end of the pole 6 inches and tie another double loop around the bamboo pole. Go up another 6 inches and repeat this to the end of the pole. Allow about 6 inches to hang free at the end and attach a large swivel. To this swivel tie a 8 - 10 ft mono leader of 100 lbs or more. Now attach a #4.0 to 5.0 circle hook. Tie a big lure or jig to the line end. Walk up to a dock or seawall being sure to keep a low profile so the fish cannot detect your approach. Take the rod tip and do a figure eight in the water with the lure and sometimes even the rod rod swiftly back and forth. Occasionally this method will hook into a real monster fish. fishermen will have to land the fish manually with no drag, no rod flex so it can be brutal but rewarding. This is also a great survival technique to make a fishing pole if ever in a survival situation. Photo coming soon....

* When site casting to fish, and depending on if the fish are schooling or a single target, cast the lure or make the presentation of the lure neither too close or to far away from the fish. A little practice will demonstrate the proper amount of distance needed from the fish to the lure's water landing. Let the lure sit for a few seconds or even minutes if patience will allow, and slightly twitch the lure. Never cast the fishing lure where the fish are, but rather where they are expected to be a short time after the lure settles from the cast. And remember if one fish is frightened in a school they will usually all take off and leave the area.

* Always use stealth when approaching fish from land or with a boat. If they detect someone is in the area they probably won't bite even though the fish are visible in the water.

* Consider using a Kayak or Canoe. Fishing from a Kayak can be very exciting, doesn't cost much and gives you an unfair advantage over fishermen using power boats. In many area Kayaks are not charged parking, or launch fees in comparison to rising boat launch fees. There are also established kayaking paddle trails in many areas of the United States that cover countless miles of marked waterway trails. Using a Kayak helps the environment!

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