Best Red Snapper Bait [Secret Weapon]

By: Joseph Simonds on June 12, 2019
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Red snapper season has grown men waking up like giddy little boys on Christmas, so excited to get out on the water they don’t even need coffee.

And in light of this joyous time, we recently created a new mastery course, Red Snapper Mastery with Capt. Dylan Hubbard.

While we were talking about the best baits for red snapper, Capt. Dylan dropped a bomb on us.

He revealed his Red Snapper Secret Weapon…

Want to know what it is?

Watch the behind the scenes video below.

Red Snapper Secret Weapon [VIDEO]

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How about that big red snapper Luke caught in the background?!

What a beast!

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How To Use The Red Snapper Secret Weapon

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Capt. Dylan likes to use bonito strips because they’re smelly, oily, and red snapper can’t turn them down.

Here are some tips when fishing for red snapper:

  • When you get a bite, crank the hook, don’t try to set it…remember: “Crank it, don’t yank it.”
  • When you hit bottom, hold bottom. That means when the boat goes up, keep the rod tip down, and vice versa. This will help your bait not bounce on the bottom.
  • If you miss the fish, get your bait back down to the bottom asap. They’ll come back for more.
  • Use a double snell rig. This will increase your chances of hooking the fish.
  • Occasionally take the time to straighten out your leader. This will make the bait look more natural.


If the snapper aren’t biting, drop down an irresistible strip of a bonito, but hang on, because the bites will be coming shortly!

What’s your favorite red snapper bait?

Have any questions about catching red snapper?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Chris S.
Chris S.
11 months ago

Tried Bonita belly, herring, hardtail and squid. Even with 6 ounce weights remora would follow it down on the drop and strip the bait leaving only the bonita skin. I caught 1 keeper red snap but went through so much bait and remora aggravation I had to leave the whole area. The week before no remora and red snapper on almost every drop.

Igor chuyan
Igor chuyan
11 months ago

Nice video on the east coast space center area I use live croakers and seem to out do others in the area by getting bigger red snapper.

Dylan Hubbard
11 months ago
Reply to  Igor chuyan

in our area we do not have croakers, but live bait does work well for them too… try this method with the bonita strip sometime, there’s lots of bonita in your area too right? They may work surprisingly well for you, remember to drop them to bottom SLOW

Raleigh Thomas
11 months ago

Great video! The Snapper Mastery course was excellent! And perfect timing because that’s where I’m going to be in a few days! I have couple of Bonita lined up to bring, and I’m bringing a flat of cigar minnows that I will start brining at home the night before.

Dylan Hubbard
11 months ago
Reply to  Raleigh Thomas

see you soon brother, tight lines!

Raleigh Thomas
11 months ago
Reply to  Raleigh Thomas

Sunday 39 hr. 😁👍

David LaPointe
11 months ago

They will also go out of their way to snack on an octopus tentacle.

Dylan Hubbard
11 months ago
Reply to  David LaPointe

yessir, this is another great option… we have baby ocotpus whole in our shop, they make great bait for red snapper too