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Night Mangroves

Discussion in 'Fishing Chatter = anything to do with fishing' started by adallas, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. adallas

    adallas Pirate
    Fishing Chatter

    What month is the Best night time Mangrove month? Also do they ever move to the shallower reefs if so what months. I have never caught a mangrove offshore out of Ponce. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I am mostly drifting. I could use any advice.
  2. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    you can find Mano's around any structure... inshore they start around July.
    Offshore ask Mike LOL
    go out during a full moon, around June, July, August, September
    anchor do not drift for them
  3. adallas

    adallas Pirate
    Fishing Chatter

    I havent really targeted them off shore. What is a good water depth. I have 21 foot boat and typically fish party grounds and in closer. Have been out to mango hole and 1800 rock just not sure best depths. Thank you.
  4. Rich M

    Rich M Carpenter

    I've caught a few good ones in 90 ft but have seen them shallower and deeper.

    Think folks use too big of bait and hooks. A 4/0 circle and grunt plug will catch plenty.
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  5. mkyota1

    mkyota1 First Mate

    I catch them mostly on natural bottom but I pull several around the artificial reefs too. I always fish for them with the same rig. 4-8 oz weight depending on current, 7-8' of 50# floro leader, 5/0 circle. Bait of choice is grunt chunks.
  6. mkyota1

    mkyota1 First Mate

    Most of my fishing is between 65-75'. You don't have to run deep to find them.
  7. adallas

    adallas Pirate
    Fishing Chatter

    Live bottom or Artificial Wrecks?
  8. mkyota1

    mkyota1 First Mate

    Live bottom is by far the biggest producer for me but I do get several from artificial structures.
  9. alex23

    alex23 Pirate

    Just curious if your main line is braid.
  10. Rocky1789

    Rocky1789 Powder Monkey

    I have caught them in deep and shallow always around structure
  11. mkyota1

    mkyota1 First Mate

    On the rod I usually target them with I have 80# mono.
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  12. kayakmike

    kayakmike Treasure Hunter

    great table fair, specially under 15"
  13. Rich M

    Rich M Carpenter

    I run 50 or 65# braid with 60# topshot and 40# leader for grovers. May drop to 30# if the fish are small or being picky.

    I do chum but not with a chum block, throw a handful of chunks or small bait fish a time or two and see if any come up to eat them. Fun fishing for them up top.
  14. reellivin25

    reellivin25 Pirate

    Thanks for the info, too much chum will just bring the sharks in
  15. Rich M

    Rich M Carpenter

    I've heard folks say not to use menhaden-based chum cause it pulls the sharks. That's your standard chum block.

    We often get kings in the chum with the snappers. They like pieces of fish too.
  16. meccalli

    meccalli Pirate in the making

    50-70ft is usually good mangrove territory, ledges and rockpiles. You can chum em up, and it's just yellowtailing from there.
  17. alec ribbink

    alec ribbink Greenhorn

    I fished the party grounds last year for mangs with no luck. I was using a 20ft fluoro 30lb leader with a #4 circle hook and no weight. Floating back chunks free
    line while chumming. I feel like i did everything right and they just weren't there. Anybody doing any good on them this year?
  18. mkyota1

    mkyota1 First Mate

    We have had pretty good luck with them this year. I catch mine on the bottom though. These were over the last few montgs out of ponce in the 13-22 mile range. Mostly off of natural bottom. Grunt chunks are the bait of choice. 20190302_093608-1.jpg 20190518_092148.jpg 20190302_164036.jpg 20190422_155040.jpg 20190518_170510.jpg
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  19. meccalli

    meccalli Pirate in the making

    Beautiful fish! Could you share your technique? With technique I'm interested to know whether you keep your sinker on the bottom or up a few cranks and how do you position your boat relative to the structure you're fishing.
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  20. mkyota1

    mkyota1 First Mate

    Thank you. I try to fish mostly natural bottom. I position right on top of it and drop with enough weight to be pretty close to straight up and down. I leave the weight on the bottom and bow the rod tip to the waves to keep it on the bottom. 6-8' 50# floro and a 5/0 circle. Usually 6-8oz weight.

    I use a gps trolling motor to "anchor" over a spot. If no action in a few minutes I reposition or move entirely. I don't wait for the fish to come if the action is slow. Hope that helps. I definitely dont consider myself an expert but we do catch a few. I am still trying to dial them in and figure them out always trying new setups and baits to see if it works any better.
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