Fishing for “mangs” has been outstanding over the last few years in the waters surrounding Siesta Key. These tasty saltwater panfish are normally caught around structure such as docks, bridges, and oyster bars. This holds true in the cooler months. Big Sarasota Pass on the north end of Siesta Key is prime snapper habitat; having the deepest water in the area and a bunch of structure to hold these tasty bottom fish.
But in recent years large numbers are being caught on the deep grass flats in open water. While mangrove snapper will occasionally take a lure, the vast majority are caught using live or frozen bait; shrimp and other baitfish. 15” is a nice fish for inshore water but they do grow to over ten pounds well offshore.
Snapper have keen eyesight and can be harder to fool than some of the other more aggressive species particularly when the water is clear. Anglers who use lighter fluorocarbon leaders and smaller hooks will have greater success. Snapper are among the tastiest fish in the sea!