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Backcountry Mangrove Snapper Fishing

The mangrove snapper or gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus), on Florida's gulf coast, is a sporting light tackle fish that is both plentiful and makes for outstanding table fare. On fall or winter days when you just don't want to venture out into the gulf waters, the coastal rivers of the Big Bend region holds some of the best Florida mangrove snapper fishing. In The Spread Capt. William Toney, of Homosassa Inshore Fishing, knows more about Florida inshore fishing than most ever will. He is also willing to tell you exactly what is how he catches mangrove snapper in backcountry creeks and rivers.

A unique feature to the northern west coast of the Florida is all the magnitude order springs pumping warm freshwater out into the Gulf. With temperatures staying in the 70 degree range throughout the cooler months, coastal rivers provide a comfortable nutrient rich habitat for many inshore species.

Capt. Toney is going to show you the type of fishing rod and reel he prefers for this application and then demonstrate how to fish with live shrimp or fresh, various artificial lures, soft plastics and jigs. See how to rig live shrimp, without killing it, to achieve natural movement. Mangrove snapper rigs are pretty simple. You can easily use a jig head or add a split shot to a hook. See how he does it.

William will explain what to look for when trying to locate fish in these coastal rivers. Strong current is a must. Choke points with bottom structure and channel edges are great starting points. You will learn expert tactics to target these areas with several types of mangrove snapper bait or artificial lures. On of the cool things William also shows you how to use bigger size lures to target bigger snapper.

Know the mangrove snapper limit in your State. If you are fishing in Florida, check with the FWC for size limits, bag limits and other fishing regulations.

Enjoy this instructional video from In The Spread and never stop learning. If you can, fish with Capt. William Toney to learn first hand from one of Florida's best fishermen.

Fish with Capt. William Toney


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