Mangrove Snapper

By: Daniel Hagan - Managing Editor

Mangrove Snapper Fishing

Mangrove Snapper are one of the most popular inshore fish in Florida.  They are not only fairly easy to catch but they are also quite tasty.  The Mangrove Snapper can be found everywhere from piers on the beach to inlets to inshore structure making this hard fighting fish a fairly easy target!
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Mangrove Snapper Equipment Inshore Mangrove Snapper rarely get above 14″ so just about any inshore gear will work very well, from ultra-light spinning to bait casting gear.
Mangrove Snapper Tackle All snapper have good eyesight and the Mangrove is no exception.  Because of their good eyesight smaller hooks and lighter leaders are often required.  A 20lb leader with a 1/0 circle hook works best.  Use only the amount of lead needed to get the bait into the strike zone
Mangrove Snapper Baits Mud minnows are the absolute best bait, with live shrimp running in a close second place.  Other good baits are small crabs, cut bait, very small finger mullet, green backs, very small pin fish, and any other small live fish.
Mangrove Snapper Habitat Inshore Mangrove Snapper tend to hang out close to structure.  They are very fond of mangrove shore lines, piers, docks and bridges.  Anywhere there is current and structure there is a chance to find them.  They tend to hang out in the shadows under structure to ambush prey!
Mangrove Snapper Tips & Tricks These fish are quite adapt at steeling bait.  They will often take a shrimp off a hook with out giving any indication of their presence.  To help combat this, smaller hooks and VERY light sinkers helps the angler feel more of what is happening to the bait and will aid in strike detection.
Mangrove Snapper Limits Size: 10″ 
Bag Limit: 5 Fish