The mangrove snapper is a fun and great to eat fish caught consistently in the Tampa Bay area with the right techniques and tactics.
Where Do We Find the Mangrove Snapper?
This channel is deep, providing great ledges for the Mangroves to hide.
Position the boat on the point chumming down the bank of the channel.
Chumming down the channel will result in fish stacking up in this area.
Find Deeper Ledges
Mangrove snapper in the Tampa Bay area can be found stacked up and down the channel. Because the shipping channel in Tampa is dredged, it provides the perfect opportunity to target these deeper water fish up and down the ledges.
When you find these ledges, either with maps or on your sonar, like the one in the image, target the mangrove snapper by throwing a ton of chummed bait in the water. This will get the Mangrove snapper fired up and in an eating frenzy. Once you can see them, either physically if the water is clear, or on your sonar, you can cast a freeline bait hooked in the belly out into the channel. The belly hooked bait will swim down into the water column right into the mouth of a feeding mangrove snapper.
Remember to keep an eye out for ledges and fish shows on your sonar as you cruise up and down the Tampa Bay Channel.