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Old 09-11-2019, 07:56 PM
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What do yíall recommend for setup for red snapper? From my 65lb braid mainline I was thinking 20ft 30-40lb fluorocarbon to swivel then 3ft of 80lb fluorocarbon leader. Iím planning of using a Carolina rig.
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Out of season here. Where are you?
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It is out of season here I’m just setting up for next season.
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I’m not a pro. Red Snapper fishing is kind of a no brainer where we go. I snell a #6 or #8 circle with 80lb Fluorocarbon (YouTube) which is probably overkill. Leave 3 or 4 feet for a leader. 8oz egg sinker, through and back through again. I position it about 12 inches from the hook. Attach leader to my braid using a bearing swivel with a bead backer. I’m sure there are better setups but when 2 is your limit I don’t get too fancy. We are usually done with the Snapper after the first hour and on to bigger fish. Our biggest problem is you have to reel them in fast. Fish in distress don’t last long. You mess around and all you will reel in is the head. I must be doing something right. I rarely lose a Snapper leader and we always limit out. It’s almost like fishing a good crappie hole. Toss your bait in and pull them out. These are just a tad heavier and deeper.
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Originally Posted by Ebbie View Post
Iím not a pro. Red Snapper fishing is kind of a no brainer where we go. I snell a #6 or #8 circle with 80lb Fluorocarbon (YouTube) which is probably overkill. Leave 3 or 4 feet for a leader. 8oz egg sinker, through and back through again. I position it about 12 inches from the hook. Attach leader to my braid using a bearing swivel with a bead backer. Iím sure there are better setups but when 2 is your limit I donít get too fancy. We are usually done with the Snapper after the first hour and on to bigger fish. Our biggest problem is you have to reel them in fast. Fish in distress donít last long. You mess around and all you will reel in is the head. I must be doing something right. I rarely lose a Snapper leader and we always limit out. Itís almost like fishing a good crappie hole. Toss your bait in and pull them out. These are just a tad heavier and deeper.
Did you mean 6/0 or 8/0?
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Did you mean 6/0 or 8/0?
Yes, excuse me. Not a lot of Rainbow Trout out there.
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Yes, excuse me. Not a lot of Rainbow Trout out there.
lol sure ainít man
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I use 40 pound braid/sinker/swivel, then 40 pound leader 6-9/0 circle hook

If they are there the setup doesn't matter.
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Originally Posted by simeoncoleman View Post
I use 40 pound braid/sinker/swivel, then 40 pound leader 6-9/0 circle hook

If they are there the setup doesn't matter.
^^^This^^
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As these guys have pointed out, red snapper are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier. Nothing at all like mangroves or muttons, where the way you rig is important.

I use a 4-6' 60 lb mono leader with a simple knocker rig and a 6/0 circle hook tied on with a loop knot. A plastic bead above the knot keeps the sinker from getting stuck in the knot.

Red snapper will rarely rock you up unless you are fishing a wreck where they can accidentally drag your line over structure. So you can use pretty light tackle.
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My bottom fishing gear is a handlful of Trinidad and Torium star drag reels...matched up to Trevala heavy jigging rods. It is the same gear we use for shallower water grouper.

Lever drags reels will get you plenty of drag, but IMHO they are not made to crank down on and use them for bottom winches...I get to fix a lot of them fished that way.

Shimano has a new line of Torium PG reels that I have been bringing into the shop, modifying the anti-reverse and spooling with 65# braid and selling. They have a T-bar handle and 33 lbs of drag using carbon-tex drags...it has proved to be a sweet set up

Like Doc mentioned, terminal gear is pretty basic using 60# fluoro and 6/0-7/0 circle hook..

One thing you might notice is the inverted Christmas tree display of fish on the bottomfinder...lots of the bigger fish come up off the bottom and hover over it..
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Originally Posted by swampfoxforeman View Post
What do y’all recommend for setup for red snapper? From my 65lb braid mainline I was thinking 20ft 30-40lb fluorocarbon to swivel then 3ft of 80lb fluorocarbon leader. I’m planning of using a Carolina rig.



Whatever size braid, FG knot to 15-20ft of 40-60lb mono/fluoro, 2-12oz egg weight (depending on depth and current, I normally use 6 or 8oz), palomar to swivel, palomar to 3-6ft 40-60lb mono/fluoro leader, palomar to 6-9/0 circle hook.

80lb leader is not necessary. I usually use 40, occasionally 50lb. I like to make my leaders 5-6ft long and I lower the bait down slowly to avoid tangles. You usually get bigger fish higher up in the water column anyway.

Adding the 15-20ft of mono/fluoro between the braid and swivel DOES make a difference.
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Red Snapper aren't picky.
You could catch them with a steel cable and a cigarette butt for bait..
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
Red Snapper aren't picky.
You could catch them with a steel cable and a cigarette butt for bait..
For fun one day a guy chewed up a big wad of bubble gum. Put it on the hook and dropped it down. Pulled up a snapper moments later.
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There is a YouTube video of a Lady catching a nice sized Red Drum
with a 3’ Barbie Pole and a Chicken McNugget for bait.
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