Pictured here is Ed Boyle with a mutton snapper caught earlier this week. June and July are some of the best months to catch these wonderful fish. The fish here was caught in 125 feet of water off of North Boca while drifting. We fish on the bottom using a long 30 foot piece of 60 pound flourcarbon line to a swivel.
Above the swivel we have a sliding lead ranging between 4 and 12 ounces depending on the speed of the current. We drift all the way in to 60 feet of water and have caught them in all of the depths in between. We use a 6/0 circle hook with either a ballyhoo plug or a spanish sardine for bait.
You will want to use the long leader as the mutton snapper will shy away from the moving lead. The best time to catch mutton’s is in the early morning, late afternoon or during the dark.
The mutton snapper must be 18 inches overall to keep and is limited to five fish per person.
If you need assistance give us a shout at the store.