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Old 04-20-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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I've just been getting quite annoyed at having trouble getting past all the red snapper to try and catch a grouper. i guess i need to use even bigger bait but i was wondering what you guys thought were the best baits and where to catch them?
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:21 AM   #2
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Big live baits will usually make it past the snapper.

Just remember that if you are on a small shallow water wreck (less than 150') it probably only has a few grouper on it, so you have to get yout bait in the right spot to get the bite.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:48 AM   #3
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really big octopus tentacle
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Forget the tenacle throw down the whole octopus.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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the best bet it to get out to depths where the snapper aren't as thick. 250+ if this is not an option, go heavy weight with large livies. it will get down quick and hopefully not get molested by those few and far between snapper. when going with heavier gear i usually use longer leaders so the bait can swim around and look more natural once on the bottom. hope this helps. i know come june 1st its gonna take all of 4 minutes to limit out on snaps
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #6
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squirrelfish.......end of discussion
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:59 PM   #7
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8 inch mingo......
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:33 PM   #8
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mingo, squirrelfish, bluenose, pigfish, pinfish....I've seen Tim, Gene, and Rob on Recessdo a pretty good job putting gags in the boat with all of the above. They really don't seem all that particular whenthey are hungry.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:54 PM   #9
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thanks for the advice guys....as far as some of the deeper wrecks, any advice on which to try? i'm planning on heading out on saturday if the weather holds and it looks like it's gonna give me the opportunity to go out far if i want. i have a 23 ft CC btw if that helps give you an idea of what i could reach
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Tennaco is as good as it gets for me.but its hard to keep them out of the wreck.Heavy line ,heavy leader and lock down the drag and hold on !!!!!!!!!!!! You can even put the rod in the rod holder and when he hits drive away.Good luck
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