Three Tips For Big Summer Snapper

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Catching snapper in the Gulf of Mexico is not the most challenging prospect.

Pull up to an oil rig, sink some squid and chances are you will get hit.

Catching big red snapper, however, can be a real challenge. Here are some tips to consider when going after big ones that might just win the STAR snapper division.

  1. Fish Around Lightly-Pressured Structures: Red snapper are commonly found around underwater structures like reefs, wrecks, and oil rigs. The rigs get hit hard. Consider fishing wrecks that are away from the major rig fields in the Gulf. If you do fish rigs, use electronics to look on the outside of the main rig structure for any possible pipe or other cover that might attract big snapper or at least keep them away from most anglers.
  2. Use the Right Bait: Live bait is overlooked for catching big red snapper. Live pinfish and craoker are great choices,. If live bait is not available, jigs tipped with fresh cut bait is a good choice.
  3. Fish at the Right Depth: During the summer, red snapper are usually found at depths ranging from 50 to 200 feet. Use a depth finder to identify these depths and adjust your fishing technique accordingly. Don’t just drop to the bottom and assume you will hook up.



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