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Unread 06-15-2019, 05:52 AM   #1
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So I fished 3 of the 4 days I was in Florida. One with a friend in Pensacola and twice on my bay boat. The first day was later in the morning, until about 3:00pm out of Destin and the last day was Thursday out of Pensacola from 7:00am until about 2:00pm. For the life of me, I couldn't get the red snapper to eat anything. The day I fished private spots with my buddy, we got a limit, but had to cull through several 4-5 pounders to get a couple of 10 pounders in the boat. (unlike previous years). Thursday I caught one keeper lane snapper and released a ~65lb AJ but couldn't get red snapper to cooperate. Caught two that were maybe 8 inches in size. I fished 15-20 public spots inside of 15 miles and here's an example of what I was marking on most spots. I tried live bait, squid and even chummed to no avail. Any suggestion on something else I could have tried? Another frustration was trying to find someone who wanted to go fishing.
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Unread 06-15-2019, 09:11 AM   #2
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Can't help you specifically, but I too had a difficult time catching my two fish limit. Several factors I believe are in play here.
1. Opening the charter for hire fishing two weeks before the regular rec. season sucks for the average boat owner. These guys put a lot of pressure on the public and in shore spots early in the season, as evidenced by the number of smaller fish (just under 16") caught.
2. Lots of rec. guys now have gps enabled trolling motors to keep them right on the spot and eliminates the skill needed to mark and anchor properly. More pressure on the fish.
3. Triggerfish and shark populations, combined with the scare effect of flipper keep the snapper bite timid.
This is what I perceive from my experience this year combined with more than 30 years fishing and diving the Gulf. I did a couple dives in late may on some near shore wrecks before the season opened and saw plenty of big snapper. I'm sure they were all gone by the time the rec season opened on the 11th.
My next trip out I will go very long and deep, if I go at all.
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I don't see any structure on the screen. Did you ever mark the reef and fish over it ?

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I don't see any structure on the screen. Did you ever mark the reef and fish over it ?

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Yep, not much there, hope the other spots marked up better. Were there many boats on the other locations you fished? If not, you may not have been close enough to the reef. We went late on Tue. waiting on the wind to lay down. Thur. I went by myself, which also made it difficult, but fun nonetheless. Glad I was able to land this bad boy in addition to some mingos to go along with the snapper.
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they are endangered for a reason and the commercial guys wipe them out
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Seagar, 3+ft long.
Smallest hook you can get away with.
Big live baits.
Grow a big beard.
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Here is a commercial boat fishing the trolling corridor. Talk about pressure
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Yes, I fished several known public spots which included bridge rubble, car bodies, a few wrecks, some natural reefs. Some structure showed better than others...and my graph lit up with fish...they just had lockjaw.

To clarify for anyone else who asks...when I wrote that I had to "cull" through several 4-5 lb fish for larger snapper on Wednesday, I meant catch and release. They didn't sit in a livewell or anything.
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Seagar, 3+ft long.
Smallest hook you can get away with.
Big live baits.
Grow a big beard.
Minus the beard...I did all that. Used 60lb fluorocarbon and a small circle (the size I use for beeliners here in TX, dropped to the bottom and left it slack so something wouldn't feel the weight.
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I use 15# Seagar and a number 1 circle with 2.5" Ly's.
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