Bottom Fishing - Red Snapper with Kevin Adney

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Instructor: Kevin Adney

Discover red snapper, grouper, and other species by bottom fishing. Use a "In The Spread Bottom Fishing for Red Snapper" video for detailed tactics, rig setups, and fish preservation tips. If hard bottom isn't marked, drop baits and observe if you get bitten. The video covers rigs, baits, fishing tactics, drag management, and fish preservation.

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Bottom fishing for red snapper mirrors that of grouper. Both fish are extreme adherents to holding close to structure. You have to be on good hard bottom, ledges, rock piles, and reef structure if you hope to catch these fish. This red snapper fishing video is a snapshot of what goes into catching this species along Florida's Gulf Coast.

Exploring Specific Techniques

If you want to explore the specifics of drifting, drift management, setting up on structure, anchoring on structure, and generally how to bottom fish on hard structure, check out our Bottom Fishing for Grouper video. What you learn in that video is directly applicable to red snapper fishing.

Importance of Good Structure

  • Structure is Essential: Nothing is more important in bottom fishing for red snapper than being on good structure. Snapper won't venture far from the protection of the reef or other hard bottoms.
  • Bait Placement: You must place your baits very near, if not right on, the structure. Feeling the bottom and the bite is critical.
  • Tactics: While much of the tactical fishing information is found in our bottom fishing grouper video, we do cover rigs, baits, and other essentials.
The Game of Feel

You know where your baits need to go, but you don't want to get hung up. It is a game of feel. Feeling the bottom is critical. Feeling the bite is also just as critical. Because, once the snapper takes your presentation and feels the hook, they are headed for home and fast. It is your job to keep them from reaching the safety of the rocks.

Rigs and Baits

While this is a shorter video, with much of the tactical fishing information found in our bottom fishing grouper video, we do cover rigs and baits that produce. You will hear about different weight options. The regular knocker rig and the use of weights with swivels are covered. There is a time and place for both, based on your experience. Line, leader, and hook sizes are discussed. Having the right size hooks can make a big difference when bottom fishing for different species.

  • Weight Options: Learn about the regular knocker rig and the use of weights with swivels.
  • Hook Sizes: Having the right size hooks can make a big difference. What works for grouper might not work for red snapper.
  • Bait Options: Starting with cut bait is effective, but having live bait can target bigger fish.
Baiting Options

Having good bait and baiting options allows for options. The cut bait we start with does the job on some very nice red snapper, but having live bait can pay dividends. Many times you can get the bite going with cut bait and then move to larger live bait to target bigger fish. Having a clear understanding of how to properly prepare makes all the difference when heading well offshore.

Regulations and Preservation

  • Regulations: As a highly regulated species, red snapper season tends to be abbreviated, so you really need to make the most of your fishing time.
  • Fish Care: One area of importance is knowing how to take care of fish out of season. We will show you how to properly vent a fish, so that it will swim away and live a nice healthy life.
  • Preserving Caught Fish: If you are fishing during red snapper season, preserving the fish you do catch makes a lot of sense. Knowing how to chill the fish, as quickly as possible, in order to keep the meat in really good condition is something every fisherman should know.
Take the information in this red snapper fishing video and expand your thinking about bottom fishing. There is always room for more knowledge.

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Curt Dimmick 06.24.2022


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