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Preparing for Port Canaveral Snapper Fishing

Old 07-10-2014, 02:24 PM
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Getting ready to head offshore for snapper this weekend. Also thinking about making a night run. Has anyone had better or worse luck getting snapper and grouper at night?

Also looking for any tips on catching big reds and grouper off the port Canaveral coast.... Bait, rigs, honey holes, etc.

Was told today by a diver that snapper normally suspend about 8-10 feet above the structure while grouper are on the bottom.

Opinions and insight welcome... just trying to learn.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:24 AM
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Mahi, I am not but help but thought a bump might help? I just moved to Cocoa Beach and am looking to learn the ropes around the area.
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Old post and you've probably already gone. 90ft produces great snapper but gets hit hard during these mini seasons. 21 fathom north is good. Doesn't mark to much for bottom but holds fish. 27 fathom is great but current can rip and thermocline is coming. Pogies are good live and cut. Pin fish in the port or on buoys. Wrecks hold bait as well. North of port has better bottom.
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Reefermadness I agree. I generally stay from the dutch straight out to 27 fthm. Have you hit up vera cruz or chris benson wrecks? Looking at mixing it up. Might try 27 fthm as well again
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Reefermadness View Post
Old post and you've probably already gone. 90ft produces great snapper but gets hit hard during these mini seasons. 21 fathom north is good. Doesn't mark to much for bottom but holds fish. 27 fathom is great but current can rip and thermocline is coming. Pogies are good live and cut. Pin fish in the port or on buoys. Wrecks hold bait as well. North of port has better bottom.
Thank you for the advice Reefer... We hit 21 north and 27 fathom and put 4x 20# ARS in the boat. It took a little while to find them, but once we did, we filled the cooler. Prior, we had tried a few of the shallower wrecks, Rocket, and everything else in 120'. The best advice you offered, which I would pass along, is the areas we found the fish showed it slick on the bottom. In the past we constantly looked for shelter, drop offs, and rock piles. All our fish came off the flats and we didn't once mark anything other than bait fish when we started hooking up.

Appreciate the advice!!!
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