How To Chum Up Snapper (For Tight Lines & Delicious Dinners)


Tight lines and dinner time!

That’s what chumming up snapper is all about!

And in this video, you’ll see a fun way to catch lots of snapper (and potentially grouper) by chumming around structure.

This is a great way to fish with kids and new anglers because there’s typically nonstop action.

And as a bonus, you can catch some good-eating fish, too!

Check out the video below to learn how.

How To Chum Up Snapper [VIDEO]

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Where To Chum

Snapper like to feed near structure, so look for them around:

  • Bridges
  • Rock piles
  • Wrecks
  • Reefs
  • And other forms of structure

How To Position Your Boat

Positioning your boat is very important here.

Make sure that your boat is up current from the structure, so that when you toss out your chum it floats down toward the fish.

This will get them to move away from the structure toward the boat so you can catch them.

If you’re down current from the structure, the chum will float away from where the fish are and you won’t bring them up to the boat.

What Bait To Use

When these fish are in a feeding frenzy thanks to the chum, the bait you choose doesn’t really matter too much.

You can use live shrimp, frozen shrimp, artificial lures, or chunks of pilchards, pinfish, threadfins, or mullet.

But one tip is that you can use the size of the bait to determine the size of the fish you catch.

If you’re looking for quantity, you can put a 1/2″ or 1″ chunk on.

If you’re looking for quality, you can step it up to a 2″ chunk to weed out most of the smaller fish.

How To Rig Your Bait

My favorite rig here is putting a split shot about 3-4″ above a 2/0 circle hook.

But be sure that the weight isn’t too far from the hook.

The farther it is, the more likely your line will get twisted, so try to keep everything close together.

Another option is to use a jig head, such as the Bottom Sweeper jig or a Mission Fishin’ jig head.

Rod & Reel Setup

You don’t need anything too heavy or crazy for this style of fishing.

I was just using my regular inshore setup:


inshore mangrove snapper

Chumming for snapper is a great way to get tons of tight lines and bring home some delicious dinner.

It’s nonstop action and easy, so it’s great for kids and new anglers, too.

Just anchor up current of some structure, toss out a chum block, and toss out a chunk of cut bait or shrimp in there.

Have any questions about chumming for snapper?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Kenneth Sumlin
18 days ago

How bout if you don’t have a vessel and you fish from piers or Jetty rock?

Colby Howard
18 days ago
Reply to  Kenneth Sumlin

In the keys I hang the chum bag on the up current side and I fish the down current side usually I try to cast it back underneath. If you have a bigger second rod and some big live bait I would drop it straight down. I have caught many big grouper and snapper this way as well as sharks and cudas.

Jason Shoemake
18 days ago


Chad DeLaBarre
18 days ago

Can you give me a free boat and trailer so I can fish like the salt strong team lol

18 days ago

Thanks for the content. Love the TA videos. Just got the Chum Buddy a few months ago and super excited about the water getting warmer for bulk mangroves.

Larry Fox
18 days ago

Nice video, Tony!
Where were you located? I am asking because I fish the intracoastal in Jacksonville/St Augustine, FL, and the currents there are quite strong. Would the 2 rigs you mentioned work in those strong currents? Thanks…

Larry Fox
17 days ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Thanks, Tony!

Richard Ulrich
18 days ago

Do you have any good recipes for cooking snapper?

Keith schmidt
17 days ago

What water depth is too deep to chum a wreck? Say if the structure is sitting in 30’ you are better off just dropping bait down and not chumming???

Scott R
17 days ago

Great content Tony. I have often used a sand mixed frozen chum ball in 30+ feet of water just to fire them up and then start the chum slick from the surface. The dinner bell has rung and here they come! We actually did 225 lbs of Mutton Snapper in one evening when my buddy had a commercial license using this method in 70′ of water.

A Rollins
17 days ago

This is my personal observation. Mangrove snappers seem to come out of nowhere within 15-20 minutes after chumming just about anywhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Steven Dockery
13 days ago

Hey Guys, really love your Videos. They’re very helpful and useful. I received the Slam Shady Soft Plastics, went out in boat yesterday, (4-8-21), used the Shady but had no luck at all. I fish on the East Coast in the Indian River out of Fort Pierce FL.
We love Snapper and I think the video will help. What type of Chum do you use for these? Thanks to all of you, Steve


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