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skeeterbay
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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
 

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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.
 

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Do you use a small swivel to connect the fluorocarbon leader to the main line, or is there a type of knot that is best from leader to line?

Good info. Thanks to all.
 
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