Line and Leader for Mangrove Snapper

ine and leader choice is a very important step when rigging tackle for Mangrove snapper for one reason – eyesight. All snapper have excellent eyesight, especially the Mangrove snapper, which spends a large part of its life cycle in the darker estuarine waters.

Mangrove snappers.

Fishing Lines for Mangrove Snapper Fishing

When it comes to snapper fishing, there are several important factors to consider. One, these fish orient toward structures, which means a higher possibility of getting wrapped around that piling or mangrove root – then, snap! The second thing to consider is that Mangrove snapper have superb eyesight. Fortunately, due to today’s fishing line technology, we can overcome both of these factors.

Monofilament Line for Mangrove Snapper Fishing

Monofilament line, although not as invisible as fluorocarbon, is fairly invisible under water, and works very well for Mangrove snapper in regards to overcoming that excellent eyesight of theirs. Mono does not fare as well as fluorocarbon when rubbed against that sharp barnacle-edged piling; however it is much more sturdy than braided line. Using an 8-to-20 pound test monofilament line tied to a 15-to-30 pound monofilament leader is a good place to start.

Monofilament line for catching mangrove snapper.

Using Fluorocarbon for Mangrove Snapper Fishing

Fluorocarbon line is the overall best approach to Mangrove snapper fishing. If you don’t want to spend the extra bucks for the entire spool, at the very least a fluorocarbon leader is recommended for two reasons. For one, fluorocarbon is the most invisible line (remember that eyesight issue), and is also the most resistant to abrasions on the sharp structures.

Braided Line for Mangrove Snapper Fishing

Braided line has its pros and cons in every situation, but for Mangrove snapper it appears to have more cons. Braid tends to shred easily against the pilings and mangrove roots that are lined with barnacles, and is also quite visible to the keen-eyed snapper. If braided line is your choice, a long two-foot fluorocarbon or monofilament leader is recommended, so that the snapper aren’t spooked by the line.

Mangrove snapper braided line.
When using braided line, use at least a 24-inch fluorocarbon leader.

Final Notes about Mangrove Snapper Lines and Leaders

The two main challenges to overcome are the sharp-edge structures that these fish tend to hang around, and the excellent eyesight of the fish. Using either fluorocarbon line, or at least a fluorocarbon leader on a monofilament line will make your line virtually invisible, while standing up to the abrasion of the structure edges more so than monofilament and especially braid.