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25" Redfish near Shell Key

Spent the day with my brother in law targeting reds and snook way up in the backwaters yesterday. Snappers were cleaning us out on everything (Shrimp and white bait) Drifted an outbound tide for about a 1/4 mile.

My B-I-L found out the hard way how hard Snapper fishing can be, must be's an art.

There was an front moving it's way in so we knew that the fish would be frisky, but nothing solid, yet.

Threw out 5" white shad Gulps and paddle tails, (Both light and dark on chartreuse jig heads) NOTHING.

I said screw it I'll fish these snappers out for a bit and see if I can get a sandwich. Chunked up a bit of shrimp on a 1/0 hook below an 1/8 ounce egg sinker, swivel and 4 ft of 40lb leader, and tossed it into some moving water near a mangrove cut and WACK!!!! It was on. Light tackle wrestling match to keep this Red out of the mangroves. Got him to the boat. NOW THAT'S A SANDWICH! DAY MAKER!

One thing that has been consistent about these hits was the presentation of the bait. If I let the tide do the work and let the baits push into the areas where the fish were, then hits all day, but if I tossed right on top of them, no bite.
Always an adventure with Captain House! 10,000 islands fishing guide - Hail me on channel 16 "Captain House C'mon!"
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