Saturday, January 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captains corner: Fish a bit deeper for red snapper

Great offshore action: Red snapper season opens today and ends July 11. Traditionally, water depths of around 100 feet hold decent numbers. However, we have found the fish to be a bit deeper (120 feet plus) this year.

Bait choices: Red snapper love frozen sardines, squid and a variety of dead baits. One of our favorites is bonito fillet. Cutting the fillet into thin strips will get many of the big snappers to bite. A large variety of live baits work, too. Large squirrel fish and Spanish sardines are two favorites. In addition to traditional spots, such as wrecks and the pipeline, many red grouper spots we fish hold schools of red snapper, too. This allows us to catch keeper red grouper along with the snappers. Gulf anglers can keep four red grouper per person, so numerous fillets can be taken for the table.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

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