Here's a view down the right side of the house out to Florida Bay.
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In fact, the best way to tell that they're ready to eat is when some pink color turns up on their skin.
All fixed now and Shoo-Fly is happily charging her batteries.
Mangrove snappers are much easier to catch on small, baited hooks than they are on lures...at least the smaller mangroves are. This is because they have a habit of grabbing just the tail of a lure...behind the point of the hook...thus frustrating the whole catching procedure.
So, I rigged a small, 3" plastic minnow imitation on a long hook...the type of hook used by freshwater bass fishermen to rig plastic worms.
Using a non-slip mono loop to attach the lure to the fishing line permitted some good motion to the plastic even though the hook is holding most of the lure stable. The little paddle tail on the end of the minnow still wiggles back and forth to attract attention.
In addition, I put a dab of Gorilla brand super glue [best-darned super glue I've ever found] on head of the hook before pushing the minnow up behind the eye...so the whole rig would hold together.
Then threw this creation toward the neighbor's dock.
What must have been a decent-sized snapper came out from under the dock, grabbed the lure, got hooked up, and tore off a whole bunch of line in an attempt to get back under the dock. I couldn't hold him [was using my lightest rod and [dummy] hadn't set the drag on the reel tightly enough].
Snapper promptly wrapped the leader around a dock piling and that was the end of that. All I retrieved was the line and about half the leader. No snapper. No lure.
But at least the idea worked.