Inshore or offshore?
I use a number 1 inshore with 10 to 15lb test. I like the owner mitu light circle hooks. Offshore for mangs I like a 2/0 mustad demon 3x strong w/ 15 to 25lb if chumming. i also use this 2/0 for vermillion/triggers
For red snapper/light grouper I use 7/0 3x Strongs mustad demon
I love catching mangroves, they are one of my favorite fish. The big ones are Einsteins in comparison to big red snapper. My absolute favorite way to catch them is to chum. I catch, grind and freeze pogies (Gulf Menhaden) for chum. Make a chum bag from shrimp net webbing, the small mesh commercial ones are pretty useless for most chumming tasks. Anchor up current of your wreck or structure, tie your bag of frozen chum to a stern cleat and if the Mangs are there, they should show up within a few minutes. I like a 10' fluorocarbon leader, 30 lb. works for most situations but you'll sometimes have to go considerably smaller to get bit. Freelining a small chunk just big enough to cover a 1/0-2/0 live bait or circle hook will do the trick but you absolutely MUST NOT put any resistance on the bait as it drifts back in the chum. Many times they'll come right up to the transom and you'll be able to watch them take the bait. With the tremendous numbers of the more aggressive red snapper we have now, it makes catching mangroves a little tougher but no less fun. Also, with the shark and jewfish populations as they are, it can be hard to get a big one in the boat. You have to put all the pressure on them your tackle will bear and hope for the best. Another trick to get the fish up close to the surface in deep water is to tie a heavy lead on your chum bag, lower it to the bottom and bring it back up very slowly, jigging it as it comes. After dark, mangs lose a lot of their caution and the bite can get furious, but to me, there's nothing like sight fishing for them in the chum.
I would like to target black snappers. How far out do you guys go that have success consistently chumming up black snappers? Not looking for spots, just general areas to start my search. Thanks for any help!
Hey everyone, I need some advice. I live in the Midwest but get to make it down here a few times a year. In June my buddy and I had great luck snapper fishing and got our limits of gags fishing about 150-170’ foot of water. We have tried several times before and after the full moon this month...
Got my 13 yo son his first chicken dolphin, Mingo, white snapper and scamp grouper today. Water was pretty good, not quite flat like it forecast, but still not bad. So much fun watching my son reel up from 350’ deep.