The Mangrove National Marine Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Mangrove River and has a restricted underwater section. This area was once home to an abundant variety of coral and many different species of tropical fish. However, over the past few decades the area has been greatly depleted as a result of excessive sea temperatures and severe weather conditions. Because of this, sea turtles, and other marine species are no longer able to live in the area.
If you want to fish in the Mangrove National Marine Sanctuary, it is important that you follow certain rules and regulations. While the restrictions have not changed, the number of species that can be caught has. For example, before the bans took effect, mangroves were home to hundreds of species of tropical fish, including the popular mangrove snapper, a delicious catch which could be caught throughout the year.
Since the bans took effect, the number of mangrove snapper limits has significantly decreased. To allow for the increase in population, anglers are now allowed to use smaller lures called jigs. These are very effective jigs because they will not draw the big fish as quickly as the larger ones, and will be more easily lured into the smaller mouths. A large jig may only attract one or two fish; a smaller jig will lure in many. Therefore, if you are using mangrove snapper as your primary fishing lure you will be happier with the new limit.
Redfish tend to target mangrove snapper much more than they do any other fish. In fact, redfish are one of the most popular types of baitfish in mangrove snapper limits. Lure fishing for redfish is usually best at night, when they are sleeping, which happens to be when mangrove snapper are resting. When using light fishing tackle and leader, this will make it much easier to successfully use live herrings to attract the fish. If you are trying to catch redfish with other types of lures, then it is recommended that you try using them at night before heading out for the day.
Another helpful mangrove snapper fishing tip is to remember that this area features many different depths. This will mean that if you are targeting fish that feed at depths below 10 feet, then you will want to make sure that you use live bait with your treble hook. If you target fish that feed at depths greater than 10 feet, then you can use a treble hook but you may find that you do not get a strike with it as often.
There are a number of things to keep in mind when going out to sea. First, remember to stay away from the shoreline. This is because of the mangrove’s strong defense against invaders, including predatory fish such as red snapper. Stay a distance away from mangroves and reefs that are located closer to shore. When going down to the depths where these species dwell, you will likely need a depth finder to determine what lies beyond.
In addition to keeping a safe distance from the shoreline, the best thing to do when approaching any body of water is to avoid conflict with any redfish that you come face to face with. One of the best tips to remember when fishing in areas that have mangrove reefs is to take all possible routes around it, including using treble hooks. As mentioned, the chances of being caught by redfish are high due to the density of the fish population in this part of the ocean. It is common for a single fish to follow a path designed for it from its parent hole. If you come face to face with a redfish while attempting to sneak up on one of your preferred routes, then you are likely going to be caught and will pay the price.
The good news is that mangrove snapper is now protected by a special diving regulation adopted in 2021. The law banned most recreational fishing activities in a designated area, including fishing for any kind of shellfish (including oysters, clams, mussels and other forms of marine life) and diving. The ban has greatly increased mangrove snapper populations by reducing the number of fish that are being harvested from the area. If you want to fish offshore of Mangrove Island, or plan to bring your pet cat to the islands, make sure to abide by the new fishing regulations.