Most Southwest Florida anglers spend very little time fishing water more than 100 feet deep. Even fishermen who spend a lot of time on the open Gulf tend to stay inside of 30 miles. But then red snapper season rolls around, and suddenly everyone wants to head out to the truly blue water. That’s A-OK, but let’s make a checklist of what we’ll need before heading out.
As red snapper become more abundant, we’re seeing them popping up in shallower water. A few years ago, you were looking at 160 feet to find any reds at all. Now we occasionally see smaller snapper (in the 12- to 16-inch class) in water as shallow as 80 feet. But it’s a good plan to skip right past those fish. After all, your bag limit is just two fish. It makes sense for you to target the biggest snapper you can.
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