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Old 04-15-2018, 07:30 AM
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Default Gulf Red Snapper tactics

I've only ever fished one way for gulf red snapper....state water structure, on the bottom, with a cigar minnow. Thinking of changing it up this year...we've managed limits, but I'd like to see some larger fish this summer. Looking for any advice anyone's willing to offer. I'm considering locating some live bottom, and looking for some fish from there...don't know if that is too general, or if going to known artificial structure is always the ticket. I've been told that the larger fish may be suspended in the water column. Thanks in advance
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:45 PM
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It's hard to beat a large and frisky live pinfish in 150 ft on a 10ft 50lb flouro leader and 8oz sinker suspended 20ft above the bottom. I like to sandball chum them up too as you can have them sitting right off the transom and can sight fish them...works for Mangs as well.
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Thanks for the reply...would other live baits work as well? I think we can pick up some live bait on sabikis once we're out there.
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We head out of Ft Desoto the night of the 31st (the past few years) and sabiki up a livewell full on the way out. We check for structure in 20' or so and have a livewell full of pins, grunts, porgys, pigfish and squirrelfish.

On those same areas as the ARS are grouper. Get lucky and get some of these big boys...



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Just try and catch anything but an ARS and you will catch them.
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We head out of Ft Desoto the night of the 31st (the past few years) and sabiki up a livewell full on the way out. We check for structure in 20' or so and have a livewell full of pins, grunts, porgys, pigfish and squirrelfish.

On those same areas as the ARS are grouper. Get lucky and get some of these big boys...



That's awesome! Heck of a snapper too...I know for a fact I could fill the live well with squirrel fish. Those things are thick down there. I'm thinking this year of heading to some live bottom and idling around and looking for fish...It's in about 100' of water. Im hoping this will yield some larger fish and hopefully some of those groupers as well! Thanks again

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Where did you find that handle for your Daiwa 400h?

My favorite grouper reel BTW...
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Based on the proposed dates....and my vacation...I might have to shift the conversation to venting fish since snapper won't be open....bummer. hopefully i can get grouper lucky
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Where did you find that handle for your Daiwa 400h?

My favorite grouper reel BTW...
Call Ricks Reel service. Advertiser here on this site. The man with the plan and the parts to customize and make your reels like brand new.
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That's awesome! Heck of a snapper too...I know for a fact I could fill the live well with squirrel fish. Those things are thick down there. I'm thinking this year of heading to some live bottom and idling around and looking for fish...It's in about 100' of water. Im hoping this will yield some larger fish and hopefully some of those groupers as well! Thanks again
Wouldn't show them off at the fish cleaning table, but sand perch big enough to fillet are dam good eating.
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Never fished for them on the west coast but here on the east they eat EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. And they are monsters. Carolina rig with 2-5 ft of 30-60lb leader depending on the structure. Our ARS here are literally out of control. They control the reefs and eat like a Goliath Grouper. But I'm sure the tactics are universal.

Frozen sardines / Live shrimp are usually the bait of choice just for ease of use. Sabiki up some pins/grunts now and then as well.
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Where did you find that handle for your Daiwa 400h?

My favorite grouper reel BTW...
I sell many style handles..log onto my site

Also check out this thread on THT..Anodized knobs and New Handles..
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