all over Florida Bay from brackish water to the deeper holes and
wrecks that are scattered throughout the bay. Larger Mangrove
Snappers can be found on the reef from 25 feet to 200 feet of water.
When they start to spawn in summer to early fall schools will be in
large numbers. They will be found on the deeper patches along the
reef line. These fish are usually hungry but will always eat at
night. Night is when you will pick up the bigger fish.
For best results keep your tackle under 30
pound. I prefer a Castaway 7ft. 25lb. Class spinning rod with a Penn
7500 or 8500 reel spooled with 25# P-Line. If you prefer
conventional tackle the 7ft Castaway Tarpon Rod with its fast tip
will get the job done. Hooks from #2 up to 4/0 with fluorocarbon
leader will give the best bite. Mangrove respond very well to chum
and will eat shrimp cut ballyhoo, mullet, and squid. Don’t forget
live bait, the larger fish love it.