A warm-water loving species, Mangrove snapper will either move to deeper inshore or offshore waters, or possibly move south when the winter drives down water temperatures. When the fish are present, they are fairly lethargic, and not apt to take artificial lures during this season. Most of the fish move to deeper inshore waters such as the channels and deep holes, or move offshore for more temperature-stable water. Look for nearby artificial reefs in deep water, and you will find the wintertime hangouts for Mangrove snapper.
Catching Mangrove Snapper on the Bridges and Piers
If the channels are deep enough, the fish will still be holding under these structures in the winter. Fish as you would in all other seasons – using the current to guide your bait to the fish – but use live or dead natural bait, as the fish will not be as active during this time of year for chasing artificial lures.
Catching Mangrove Snapper on the Reefs
Deep near-shore reefs, or inshore reefs (especially those commonly placed artificial reefs in the deep dredge holes), are prime winter hangouts for Mangrove snapper. Again, use live or dead natural bait due to the lethargic nature of the fish during winter.
An Overview of Catching Mangrove Snapper in the Wintertime
Mangrove snapper are a warm-water fish. This means that the winter is tough on them, so they move to either find more stable water temperatures in the deeper areas, or simply move south. Find the fish on the reefs and artificial structures that have deep water, and use natural bait or artificial during this time.