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Red snapper rig

Wuts ur favorite red snapper rig. I have 65 lb braid with 80 flouro for top shop.thinking of doing Carolina rig with 80 lbs my line too thick?


  • StealthAnglerStealthAngler Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    I meant 80 lbs flouro leader.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,899 Moderator
    yeah. especially inshore. I'd be fishing 40-50# leader.

    I'd also run a mono top shot of 25-30' before your swivel. maybe even all mono for state water snaps.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • StealthAnglerStealthAngler Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the reply! Should I put a 60 lbs top shot or 80 lbs mono ok
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,899 Moderator
    no real good reason to fish heavier top shot than leader. unless. ..

    1. little confidence in braid to mono knot.

    2. reel is capable of 20# of drag and you plan on beefing up leader at certain spots for grouper where more abrasion resistance it's likely needed. #2 rod is the toughest caml. if you go big enough for average plus snapper and average red grouper, then you're a bit heavy for black snapper and shy red snapper. in that case maybe you're #3 rod needs to be beefed up.a little. depends a lot on WHERE you're fishing.

    inshore, one good heavy duty spin outfit can just about do it all. I just don't like re rigging all day and what / how I fish is determined when I see my bottom machine.

    I prefer to have a rod dedicated to each fish I'm after. so bottom fishing I'll have

    1. 60-80# gear on serious tackle for grouper, big snapper, jacks.
    2. 40-60# gear for snapper
    3. Stringing gear for trigger, bait, beeliner, etc
    4. Flat line

    nice if #2 can be quickly re-rigged for jig, or additional flat line.

    this was also for times when more than one species was legal on a given trip.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • StealthAnglerStealthAngler Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    Yeah, we r fishing the state waters. I'm gonna go ahead and change my top shot to #60.I'm bringing one more rod for the #1 set up. U guys prefer Carolina or 3 way swivel?
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,899 Moderator
    Honestly, you probably don't need the #1 set up if you're doing the state water sapper weekend thing... that's happening now, right?? I'm not even sure.

    I see some ol' timers that still fish 80# gear and three-ways. They do pretty well where fish are large and aggressive.

    If you're going state waters for rest of year, you really only need a flat line and 30-40# gear with a little skill. Big tackle will help you on a shark.... so I guess there's that.

    If in fact red snappers are open in state waters on weekends right now, I'd probably fish 20# gear on anchor with the lightest tackle possible. That or a spear gun.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • BeckBeck Posts: 2,332 Captain
    I typically have a 1,3,4 rig as Pan described.....might need to downsize one for the smaller snapper myself. As for the three way swivel, I grew up fishing with double hooks, double 3 way dropper rigs but haven't used one in years....except for a light weight bait catcher with loops. Don't know why I switched really, but only use Carolina now.....long leader and top shot
  • fisheadgibfisheadgib Posts: 35 Greenhorn
    We always fish with as light a line as we can get away with. Last weekend, we were running 30# line with 30# flourocarbon leaders and were getting hit immediatly when we got to the bottom and my wife was getting broken off a bit so I moved her up to a 50# rod with 50# flourocarbon leader and she quit getting hits. We moved her back to 30# tackle and she was back to getting hits. In shallow inshore water, that minor difference can mean getting occasional hits or getting lots of hits.
  • MrNovemberMrNovember Posts: 108 Officer
    I go with 50# braid; 50# top shot for 25 feet and then 40# floro.
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