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Fishin' the rigs for Mangrove snappers

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BATON ROUGE - In this week's Outdoors Report, John Jackson heads offshore to fish the oil rigs in search of the Mangrove snapper.

While Mangrove snappers can be found close to the shoreline, they can also be found out deep. They are a formidable fight, challenging and among the smartest fish in the snapper family.

For the most part, Mangroves will always be at the top of the water column, so you can target them by chumming or tossing some cut bait fish into the water. That should get them in a feeding frenzy.  To catch them, hide a hook and a piece of chum with no weight and a freeline as close to the rig as possible.

Mangrove have great eyesight which allows them to see heavy fishing line clearly. If they catch on, they'll move to deeper water and you'll have to find another rig. A small 20-30 pound test with a monofilament litre is key.

Watch the video to see John Jackson attempt to catch the Mangrove snapper.


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