Pull out the bottom fishing rods, the snappers are chewing! | Peach
Day fishermen caught large numbers of sheep snappers while fishing offshore reefs and man-made wrecks, and many sheep snappers weighed 10 pounds or more.
Sheep snappers eat live ballyhoos, live spun herring, sardines, and cigar minnows. Some snapper fishermen drift on a rocky bottom while others anchor on a rocky bottom. Using 20 feet of 30-40 pound fluorocarbon tip material and the lightest lead weight that will keep your bait close to the bottom helps trick tired snappers into taking the bait.
Large black and gag groupers and amberjack are caught in the same places as sheep snappers.
A few sailboats, jacks, bonito, wahoos and black tunas are fished in depths of 90 to 300 feet of water off Key Biscayne.
At night, mangrove snappers began to spawn on natural reefs at depths ranging from 20 to 90 feet of water. Find an area above a reef that you think has fish in it. Anchor the current of the fish, lay a chum bag on its side and chopped baits like Spanish sardines, spun herring, squid, mullet, and nasturtiums. Use the lightest weight possible or no weight at all with a size 3/0 ring hook or jay hook for snappers.
Tight lines and safe fishing!
Captain Alan Sherman, who operates “Get Em Sport Fishing Charters “, has been operating fishing charters in South Florida for over 30 years. He can be reached here or by calling (786) 436-2064.