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.
Bottom Fishing - Red Snapper with Kevin Adney(00:22:20)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.