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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:23PM

Snap it up!

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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When you want to put some fillets on the table, it’s tough to beat snapper. Lately, the snapper reports have been pretty good, with great catches coming from all over: The offshore reefs, the inshore reefs and the passes. The best part — since you don’t have to run way offshore, you don’t need a huge boat to go get ‘em.

I hear from anglers all the time about the poor snapper fishing on our nearshore reefs. It’s just not true. The Novak reef holds plenty of 3- to 4-pound mangrove snapper. But if you go out and just toss some baits down, your average catch is going to be more like 10 or 12 inches. Getting the big ones isn’t really that hard, but you will need to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

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