My father in law was in town this weekend, so I thought I would take him in the Gulf off Marco Island to catch some mangrove snapper. We went to some spots I have about 14 miles offshore. We located them on the bottom machine, put the chum bag in, and in short order, we had dozens of large mangrove snapper behind the boat. You could almost reach out and touch them...which would have been the closest we would have come to catching them. They would not touch anything I offered. Cut mackerel, cut pinfish, whitebait, and soft plastic baits all seemed to bore them. I have never had much trouble catching mangrove snapper in the past...as they were a reliable catch. After speaking to other anglers in the area, it seems I was not alone, and that many people were finding the snapper bite tough these past few days. As I am relatively new to south Florida fishing, am i missing something about this time of year which makes them a tough catch? Or was it just bad luck? My tackle and methods were the same I have used successfully many times in the past.
Thanks in advance!