What's hot: Legal-sized mangrove snapper have invaded deep grass flats. Large grass expanses are not typically known as snapper grounds, but the fish have followed scattered schools of small baits into the area since last week's full moon. Keen-eyed snapper have responded well to chum, becoming so aggressive, they have struck baits rigged with wire intended for mackerel.
Tips: Normally mangrove snapper are very structure-oriented, holding on anything with high relief. Productive areas have been artificial reefs, wrecks, bridges and riprap-lined sea walls. Good tidal flow is key. Present baits naturally to the uptide side of the structure, where the snapper are holding. We recently fished a bridge abutment with a rock-lined sea wall and landed several snook, a flounder and our four-person limit of mangrove snapper.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727) 510-1009.