Patch Reef Plugging for Snapper
A detailed light tackle guide describing how to target quality bottom fish using artificial lures in the shallows.
Summertime in South Florida brings heavy humidity, rising water temperatures, and a killer opportunity to target quality bottom fish in our coastal waters. I have been fortunate to call South Florida home for most of my life and am blessed to be surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The thriving eco-system of Biscayne Bay provides volumes of excellent habitat to many hard fighting bottom dwellers and the abundance of snack-size forage doesn’t hurt your catch odds either.
Prized mutton snapper push up into the shallow patch reefs in preparation for their summer spawn and are more than willing to load up on a few additional meals when/if the opportunity arises. Native to the coastal waters of the Atlantic, mutton snapper can be found ranging from as far north as Massachusetts and all the way down to the southern waters of Brazil. Most abundant in the deeper levels of the water column stretching from 70-180ft, the months of June, July, and August provide coastal anglers a small, but prime window to key in on this snapper species. A variety of other snappers including mangrove, yellow tail, and even the lucky lane can end up on your business end if the stars and currents align in your favor.