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Old 06-23-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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I have a guy that gambles on everything he does. And I know he will want to do a biggest fish bet. I need you guys help. I just need to catch the biggest fish on our trip. Numbers doesn’t matter to me. I just want the biggest. I would guess biggest to mean heaviest fish. I just watched a video saying the bigger ones will b suspended above the big pack. Is that accurate?What is your best advice? Thanks
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:21 AM   #2
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best advice is to use a big live bait...like a 10-12 inch hardtail. Whether they're suspending above the bottom depends on whether there's other predators in the area in my opinion.
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Yes bigger butterflied baits or big livies. I like a large menhaden
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From all my diving experience, the bigger snapper are usually suspended up off the structure. The bigger the live bait the bigger the bite!.
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Live Live Live Big Baits!!!
Seagar Seagar Seagar!!!
Smallest tackle you can get AWAY with!!!
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what ^^^^^ said...
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A lot of people make the mistake of using too small of a hook. For ARS I prefer a 12/0 owner or other high grade circle hook on 80# flourocarbon leader.
Big bait, and about ten or fifteen cranks off the bottom instead of two or three..My fishing buddies laughed at my hooks to begin with, then after I started pulling up Sows, they all wanted one of my rigs..
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Thanks for the replies!!!
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When I pull up on a spot I never drop all the way to the bottom and crank back up. I always ease the bait down to the fish so I don't stir them all up. Say in 100ft of water I will drop the bait a ten count. I wait about a minute and if no bite, I drop another five count. Repeat until you either get to the bottom or get bit. Usually you get bit. The theory is the snapper suspend in a hierarchy with the bigger fish on top. If you drop a bait all the way through the fish and bring it back up, fish are chasing the bait the whole way and you basically mix them all up. I use a 12/0 mustad 39960DT hook and 40# flouro leader.
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....I will drop the bait a ten count. I wait about a minute....

I've heard about people having slow days like that.


Never experienced that long of a wait myself












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