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Old 07-24-2018, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Are black snappers usually at the same spots as red snappers?

I have read all the tips about scaling down tackle but don't know where to start looking for the blacks. Are the blacks usually mixed in with the reds on red snapper spots - and one just needs lighter tackle to get the blacks to hit? Or do the blacks like different kind of structure than reds? Thanks in advance for any info!
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:45 PM   #2
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I catch more mangroves on spots that aren't as covered up by reds. If I get into mingos, then I will typically pull up some mangroves.
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the i10 bridge rubble used to be covered in mangroves but with the recent pressure on ars, i doubt it now. try there with a carolina rig and a dead cig in a few weeks. you may get lucky.
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Most spots that hold reds also hold blacks. Chum and they will come. Having red snapper numbers thinned some makes catching the blacks a little easier.
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You must chum..!! They respond to chum more than others. Sight fish for them on top using spinning gear and light lines. The cut bait must fall and flow just like the chum or they will shy away from it.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:39 PM   #6
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you need to be a marine biologist to keep up. Black, grey, mangrove ..
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Black, red, yellow, brown, white....they all pink on the inside......
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i know i pan fried red and mingo this past weekend and the mingo was better
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From my experience (diving/spearfishing) - I haven't seen many black snapper on smaller artificial reefs. Many more on natural limestone reefs and bridge rubble.
The exception would be the army tank reefs. They like to have a hole to duck into - and they are almost never more than a second away from it.


You really have to be in the right spot to hit them - since they are kind of concentrated around spots they like. We will hit 5 spots and not see any - and then see a dozen on the next spot. To be fair - a lot of fish congregate that way.... doesn't mean you wont see another species along side them.
If I couldn't SEE what was down there - I'd have to fish a bit and move on if I wasnt getting ANY of my target species. Its a crap shoot - even if you have gotten fish there before.
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You guys are great. Thanks for everyone's comments. I can't wait to try to find some black snappers this weekend. If anyone thinks of anything else that would be good to know about finding the blacks, please keep the comments coming.
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