The mangrove snapper, also known as gray snapper or grey snapper, is a species of marine snapper indigenous to the western Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Massachusetts to southern Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean Sea. The animal is commonly found in a variety of tropical habitats, including fresh and salt waters. It is considered a semi-migratory fish. The name ‘mangrove’ is derived from the mangrove tree, which is a coastal shrub. The tree produces the fruit, which is eaten by the snappers each day.
There are many places that one can go to have a great time fishing for mangrove snapper. Mangrove jetties are located along points leading into the channels of the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these are in shallow water, while others rise to a level where fishing is possible. Many of the mangrove snapper fishing spots are in areas that are easily accessible by light tackle. Light tackle is generally preferred because it enables the angler to fish more freely without risking being seen by a pursuing fish.
One of the most popular mangrove snapper spots is located off the Northeast side of Hilton Head, South Carolina. This area is referred to as Point Lookout. To fish for this species, use heavy sinkers and gang hooks. Also, make sure to rig your rig with a leadhead to increase your chances of catching fish on the bottom. These fish usually follow the surface flow of the water, but if you rig your rig with a leadhead and attach it to the mangrove walls, you will find these fish hiding in the deeper waters below the surface.
Mangrove snappers are usually found around reefs where rocky areas slope towards the shore. This allows the fish to hide in the shadows of these slopes. Another way for anglers to find mangrove snapper are by using an electronic depth finder. This device is able to determine the location of a fish by sending out radio waves. Because mangrove snapper likes to stay close to the bottom, depth finders often get the fish much closer to the boat.
Another good place for mangrove snapper to be found is along offshore islands. The fish are often found throughout the year, but they become scarce after the hurricane season. The islands are generally made up of coral reefs that provide an ideal habitat for mangrove snapper. You can catch this fish on light tackle or with heavy sinkers.
When searching for the right time of year to fish for mangrove snapper, you have to consider what time of the day is best for the species. Light-tackle fishermen usually prefer the early morning or evening, when the water is cool enough for them to fish. However, you should note that mangrove snapper do move quite slowly, sometimes even under the lightest of conditions. Therefore, it is important for you to scout out locations that are either calm or that are not too heavily populated. You might even want to consider early in the morning when the winds tend to freshen up the water, as this will likely be the best time to try your luck.
If you are fishing in a body of water that does not have mangrove snapper, you still have a chance to catch the fish. You can do this by casting out medium sized bait such as shrimp, sardines, or crabs. You should remember to allow plenty of time for the bait to make its way to the bottom because it will likely spend most of its time in the depths of the body of water. If you do catch a mangrove snapper, you still have a long way to go to become the king of the lake; you need to have at least one trophy fish and then you need to hold onto it for a long time, if you want to keep the record straight. A mangrove snapper caught under these conditions is considered a monster and is often worth more than a hundred dollars each.
Last but not least, you should know that mangrove snapper does bite well from either baits or lures, so there is no need to limit your fishing options based on whether you use shrimp, sardines, or crabs as your bait. In fact, many experts recommend using both shrimp and mangrove snapper on the same day, since they can react very differently to different baits. However, you should note that anglers fishing inshore might have trouble catching these creatures if they do not know how to handle the bait properly. This is why you need to learn how to properly fish for snappers on inshore and then bring them back later when you are more experienced.