What's hot: When the moon gets full, the gray snapper — also called mangrove snapper — turn on. The snapper react well to chum as they are spawning and feeding. Use a light mono leader about 6- to 12-pound test, with a small 1/0 short shank dark or red hook. Free-line bait into the chum slick so it looks like a regular piece of chum rolling off the back of the boat. In strong currents, if you're not getting bites, put on a small split shot. These snapper are picky. To trick them, fish at night; don't twitch the line, let it flow with the chum; if you must put on a split shot, make it as small as possible; and use very light mono leader, small hook and small cut of baitfish or shrimp.
Joel Brandenburg of Ana Banana Fishing Company of Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin can be reached toll-free at 1-877-766-6566 or via e-mail at [email protected]