What is your go-to artificial bait for snook under the mangroves? I fish Charlotte Harbor, Sarasota Bay and in-between.Dear Captain"What is your go-to artificial bait for snook under the mangroves? I fish Charlotte Harbor, Sarasota Bay and in-between."
My personal favorite is a Mister Twister RT Slug Texas rigged in any color which resembles the bait that would be in that area. I like the Baby Bass Color and the Glow color as my two March to November colors. I like the Golden Bream and again Glow color from December to February. The reason of the color changes is because of the type of places I am fishing. But I always carry Glow with me.
The Baby Bass color which I use basically when the scaled sardines become the number one source of forage for the snook. This time of year the places and water conditions are clear, clean water. The Golden Bream color I use when shrimp, finger mullet, creek chubs and crustaceans become the number one source of forage for the snook. This obviously is during the winter months when I am fishing back in rivers, residential canals and more. The Golden Bream color shows up better in these type of tannic or darker waters. The Glow color works all the time. Another reason I use these particular baits is you can cast them unweighted a long distance. They skip under mangrove trees better then any other plastic (my opinion -- arguably there are many others similar baits that will work).
Because they are Texas rigged they will not get hung up on mangrove roots as an exposed hooked bait will. They are inexpensive in price (not meaning cheaply made) but great value because they last long, even after a few fish. They contain scent which gives the bait another attracting quality. Last but not least their triggering qualities (the way they dart and move which make the snook want to kill it) are excellent! Oh they feel slimy and stay that way. You can get them at any one of your local tackle shops.
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Captain David M. Rieumont
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