We decided to try fishing for the endangered Red Snapper on Saturday the 12th. We are not normally bottom fishers so we didn’t really know what we were doing and didn’t have many spots that weren’t public. We have tried bottom dropping a few times but the ARS open days made us realize that investing a little time learning more about this method of fishing and going through some trial and error, its not as hard as it seems (even though we never found the ARS) and its fun because you never know what you are going to catch.
Also- Any feedback on how this bottom looks? We are still learning how to properly work/read the sonar.
We had a few spots in 70′-90′ that we had marked in previous trips while running from place to place that weren’t marked publicly so we decided to run to those as they may not be covered in boats. There were a few boats within a few miles of us but for the most part we were on our own. We had all the baits covered (squid, sardines, live bait) and the bottom machine was lit up. We sent baits down and were covered in grunts, short sea bass, and a few porgies. We managed a nice Mangrove and Vermillion Snapper and lost a cobia at the boat (new angler). We moved a few times and changed our rigging some and kept pushing on. Another cobia swims up and eats my squid right behind the boat. A few minutes later he is in the box, nice. A little later and a change of bait later we are getting ready to make a move another cobia follows my bait up from the bottom. I stop reeling he eats and ends up on the box with the other one. Two cobia in less than an hour! After a while we are all pretty well worn out and decide to give up on the snappers that have out smarted us so we decided to call it a day and plan to try again on Sunday.
It seems that the Red Snapper were in 120’+ but we didn’t have any good spots out there (yet).
Days score: Two Cobia, a Trigger fish, a Mango and Vermillion Snapper, and a few porgies.
Water temp at surface was 81-82.