With grouper season closed until April 1 charter fishing parties departing Naples are seeking charter boats that will produce food for the dinner table. Captain Kraig has perfected some techniques that are sure fire ways to trick the wily mangrove snapper. Mangroves have as good of eyesight as any fish we catch here in the Gulf of Mexico. Our best catches of big mangroves usually occurs because one of three circumstances are present. If you are fishing in muddy water or at night snappers can’t see the hook and strike more due to smell than sight. When the water is clear mangrove snapper, especially the bigger ones, detect the fishing line and hook and shy away from the baits. When this occurs we go down to very light (6 pound mono) monofilament or fluorocarbon and 1/0 hooks to camouflage our offerings. This will often be the key to catching a nice basket of mangrove and yellowtail snapper. The next time you are having trouble getting bites think small and drop down in size of your tackle. We guarantee that you will see more action.