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Old 05-29-2019, 06:25 PM   #1
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New guy here again... Asking crazy questions about catching Red Snapper...

How many of you use jigs for catching snapper? Or do you just stick with dropping some live/dead bait on the structure/chum line.

Is jigging effective at some of the closer reefs? or do you need to be out in the the deeper water? >80ft.? >100ft.?
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Partner caught this on a pompano jig in 70' of water with a spinning setup we use on reds. Took him awhile.

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Pompano jig!? What tha heck!? Was there any bait attached to that jig?

I was actually thinking about the speed jigs or butterfly jigs.

I think I heard recently about using a bucktail with some bait on it...?
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I was actually thinking about the speed jigs or butterfly jigs.

I think I heard recently about using a bucktail with some bait on it...?
They all will catch snapper, especially the first of the season. The baited bucktail will out fish the hard jigs most days and is a lot less work.
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Pompano jig!? What tha heck!? Was there any bait attached to that jig?

I was actually thinking about the speed jigs or butterfly jigs.

I think I heard recently about using a bucktail with some bait on it...?
You can catch snapper with a piece of shit on a hook. Don’t over think it.
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Ha! Thanks.

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Pompano jig!? What tha heck!? Was there any bait attached to that jig?

I was actually thinking about the speed jigs or butterfly jigs.

I think I heard recently about using a bucktail with some bait on it...?
Bare jig. The water depths you are wanting to fish will produce average sized fish like in the picture using the methods that are being posted.
There are bigger ones in the same waters but they are heavily pressured and won't fall for the usual presentations.

28" from 80' water, I've seen bigger but no joy..... yet.

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A long time ago before the fisheries manager folks got involved with managing the snapper stock we had so many Red Snapper that you could catch them all year long on pretty much any type of bait/jig/lure on most every piece of hard bottom/structure. But thanks to the fisheries managers and their great fisheries management they are now endangered. So it is unlikely that you will catch a red snapper anywhere in the Gulf near Pensacola. Only because those same fisheries management folks did such a great job of managing our Trigger fish stocks that at times it is nearly impossible to get a bait/jig/ bare hook past the triggers to the endangered red snapper that no longer exist according to their research. Personally I would save your money and stay nearshore and try to catch a couple Ladyfish or Hardtails before the fisheries management folks step in to manage those species too.
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A long time ago before the fisheries manager folks got involved with managing the snapper stock we had so many Red Snapper that you could catch them all year long on pretty much any type of bait/jig/lure on most every piece of hard bottom/structure. But thanks to the fisheries managers and their great fisheries management they are now endangered. So it is unlikely that you will catch a red snapper anywhere in the Gulf near Pensacola. Only because those same fisheries management folks did such a great job of managing our Trigger fish stocks that at times it is nearly impossible to get a bait/jig/ bare hook past the triggers to the endangered red snapper that no longer exist according to their research. Personally I would save your money and stay nearshore and try to catch a couple Ladyfish or Hardtails before the fisheries management folks step in to manage those species too.
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Bare jig. The water depths you are wanting to fish will produce average sized fish like in the picture using the methods that are being posted.
There are bigger ones in the same waters but they are heavily pressured and won't fall for the usual presentations.

28" from 80' water, I've seen bigger but no joy, yet.

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