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Old 05-27-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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I know in a week or so when you can start keeping the reds everyone will be going out and it'll be crazy. I have not fished for red snapper and I was wondering where to go and what to use so I will be ready for the fiasco. Thanks!

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Depends on the size of the fish you are after. Bigger fish+ bigger bait. Use live bait and fish on most wrecks or reefs for Snapper. You can also use fresh slabs of fish for them too.
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Anywhere

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All public wrecks are loaded with them live pinfish are best but they will always hit a frozen cigar minnow.
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You can also chum them up to the top with come cut up frozen bait. They are everywhere.



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If we get to go out next weekend, I'm throwing down the biggest to third biggest bait in the well about 1/4 to 1/2 way down... probably a hardtail. I'll adjust from there, but I bet it gets eaten. If I can't keep him out of the structure, I'm grabbing a bigger reel/rod before I swap baits.
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If we get to go out next weekend, I'm throwing down the biggest to third biggest bait in the well about 1/4 to 1/2 way down... probably a hardtail. I'll adjust from there, but I bet it gets eaten. If I can't keep him out of the structure, I'm grabbing a bigger reel/rod before I swap baits.
Yep, hardtail, threadfins, menhaden, etc. They will eat some big baits!



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They also take Threadfin Herrings, L-Y's, Spanish Sardines, Cigar Minnows, Chunks of Bonita. Also, I've noticed that Red Snapper would strike live baits sideways (baitfish is perpendicular to Red Snapper); so I started hooking my baits below the dorsal fin and above the lateral line, and used 7/0 and 8/0 circle hooks.
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Concur on info above. They can be found from surface to bottom and will school around structure(s) & will eat a wide variety of baits. Sometimes you don't have to anchor. Catch 'em up.
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Concur on info above. They can be found from surface to bottom and will school around structure(s) & will eat a wide variety of baits. Sometimes you don't have to anchor. Catch 'em up.
I wouldn't even bother anchoring!

The real challenge is keeping them away from your bait.



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