Mangrove snapper have invaded many snook spots. The snapper are bunched together in preparation for a spawn and are feeding aggressively. They are attracted to the same structures and ambush points as snook. Mangrove root systems, bridge pilings and fenders, docks, rocky shorelines and most submerged structures throughout the bay could all hold both species. The smaller summer hatch baits have been perfect for drawing bites from snapper. They have very keen eyesight; keep terminal tackle to a minimum. Downsize leaders and hook size is often necessary in clear water. Snapper respond well to chumming and will competitively rise in the water column all the way to the surface, fighting for a snack. Combinations of frozen chum blocks, fresh cut baits and live offerings can all be effective in keeping the bite going. Snook are attracted to the same activities and will usually join the action. It's rare that anyone complains about catching snook on a snapper trip. It's a bonus to catch both species at the same time and location.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.