Sunday, April 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Bay holds mangrove snapper

What's hot: Mangrove snapper fishing has turned on inside the bay. They are holding on high-profile structures, including rocky edges of the shipping channel, artificial reefs, range towers, bridge pilings and fenders. Also check out rock-lined seawalls.

Bait choice: Almost any small offering will draw a strike. Baits that are too large will be ignored or dissected bite by bite without getting the hook. Scaled sardines, pinfish and live shrimp are top choices. Tiny hatchling Spanish sardines, when they can be found, are a snapper favorite. Fresh cutbait also works.

Tips: Snapper have keen eyesight. So use light leaders and small hooks. Using the smallest amount of lead to get to the strike zone reduces visibility while increasing feel to detect the delicate bite.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.

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