Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Mangrove snapper among most cooperative species this month

By Robert McCue, Times Correspondent
In Print: Monday, September 5, 2011

What's hot: Inshore, the summer doldrums will continue the next few weeks. The ratio of darkness to light will increase over the same period of time. The first cool front is likely as well. It will take both of these natural variables to spark the start of fall fishing.

Mangrove snapper fishing will peak this month. Accessible by land or boat, snapper can be found near virtually any piece of structure that includes rock piles, reefs, docks, bridge pilings, channel edges and riprap.

Pro tip: The key to catching inshore snapper is finding good tidal movement and keeping your gear as stealth as possible. Fish with live shrimp or sardines on No. 1 hooks, 15-pound leader and just enough weight to reach the bottom.

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