How to Make the Best Mutton Snapper Fishing Leader for targeting Mutton Snappers in the Florida Keys

 Mutton Snapper Fishing Rods

 In my opinion the absolute best Mutton Snapper Fishing Rods are Spiral Wrapped Fishing Rods that are light weight. With a Spiral Wrapped fishing rod an angler can now fight larger fish with less fatigue over long periods of time and worry less about the pulling the hook.

Spiral Wrapped Fishing Rod Advantages 

  • Designed to reduce torque 
  • Will not twist under heavy load-perfect balance
  • Extremely stable
Mutton Snapper Fishing Rods

Mutton Snapper Fishing Rods

 How to Select a Muttons Snapper Fishing Rod

Listed below are the Spiral Wrapped fishing rods I use on Mutton Snapper fishing charters in the Florida Keys. These rods are very light, extremely strong and have the perfect action for setting the hook on large Mutton Snappers and have enough backbone for fighting large Mutton Snappers.  Both types of fishing rods listed below are custom made by Adrenaline Custom Fishing Rods.

Rods I Recommend for Mutton Snapper Custom Made by Adrenaline Fishing Rods

  • 6’6 40/80 Medium Fast Action Heavy Power Spiral Wrapped Rod. *Fuji Silicon Nitride Guides. These fuji guides are heavy duty.  This rod has a fast action tip to reduce pulling hooks. This is a  thick rod with a lot of backbone.  Cost-$219.00
  • 6’6 30/80 Medium Fast Action X-Heavy Power-Graphite Composite (Ultra Light) *Fuji Silicon Nitride Guides. This rod is extremely light, has a fast action tip to reduce pulling hooks and thinner than the rod I described above. Cost-$259.00

*The guides on my Mutton Snappers rods are all high quality Fuji Silicon Nitride Guides.  These guides are larger in diameter so when I reel swivels through these guides I am not concern about breaking them.  If you have a favorite rod you like bottom fishing with, but the rod does not have heavy duty Fuji Silicon Nitride Guides,  I recommend that you have your the guides replaced with larger diameter Fuji Silicon Nitride Guides. Most custom rod shops will do this for you.  I highly recommend Fuji Silicon Nitride Guides.

How to Catch Mutton Snappers-Tips and Techniques for Making Long Leaders

Mutton Snapper Fishing Secrets

How to Make a Removable Weight for Mutton Snapper Fishing

 

How to Make the Best Mutton Snapper Fishing Leader

Balloon Fisher King balloon clips can be a highly effective quick and easy, adjustable down bait weight clip for bottom fishing, suspending a bait at specific depth in the water column for slow trolling live or dead bait.  

How to Catch Mutton Snappers

Balloon Fisher King Mutton Snapper Fishing

 

I personally like to use an 18 pound 4 inch zip-tie to connect a bank sinker to the Balloon Fisher King pressure clip. I slide a small zip-tie though the groove in the clip and attach the clip to a bank sinker weight, then clip off the tag end of the zip-tie.  I like to use a zip-tie because I want the weight to break way in the event it gets caught on the bottom with a big fish. 

How to Catch Mutton Snappers-Tips and Techniques for Making Long Leaders

Good Karma Sportfishing Mutton Snappers

The Best Mutton Snapper Fishing Reels

I prefer using the Shimano Talica 20 and 16 2-Speed fishing reels for Mutton Snapper fishing in the Florida Keys. All the reels I use use for Mutton Snapper fishing are spooled with 30 pound Power Pro Braid. 

Mutton Snapper Fishing Reel

Shimano Talica 20

Why do I Spool My Reels with 30 Pound Braid

          • 30 pound braided line spooled on my Mutton Snappers reels gives me a lot of line capacity. This allows us to fish great depths at ease using smaller light weight reels. 
          • When we hook large fish like wahoo, I have plenty of line capacity on the smaller reel, therefore I don’t have to worry about getting spooled.
          • Because the 30 pound braided line has a extremely small diameter it cuts through the water and finds the bottom pretty easily in all types of current, wind and sea conditions.
How to Catch Mutton Snappers-Tips and Techniques for Making Long Leaders

Good Karma Sportfishing Mutton Snappers

How to Make the Best Mutton Snapper Fishing Leader

Mutton Snapper Wind-On Light Tackle Leader 

Step 1

Double the 30 pound braid main line using a Spider Hitch knot. 

Bristol Knot for Mutton Snapper Fishing

Spider Hitch Bristol Knot

 

Spider Hitch Knot for Mutton Snapper Fishing

Spider Hitch and a Bristol Knot

Spider Hitch to Double the 30 pound Braid Line, why do I use it?

      • By doubling the 30 pound braided line using a Spider Hitch Knot I increase the breaking strength of the 30 pound braided line by 20-30% or more than its manufactured rating. Clients can now fight larger fish they hook while bottom fishing with higher drag settings.
How to Catch Mutton Snappers-Tips and Techniques for Making Long Leaders

Bristol Knot

 

Step 2

Tie a 2 ft. piece of 40 pound fluorocarbon to the 30 pound braid double line using a Bristol Knot. This short piece of 40 pound fluorocarbon leader is used for attaching the removable in-line sinker. 

*The importance using this short Piece of 40 FluorocarbonPound Leader.

      • I have found that the standard Balloon Fisher king clips work very well when pressure clipped to 40 pound fluorocarbon line, but I do struggle a little when I  attaching these pressure clips to fluorocarbon line greater than 40 pound fluorocarbon leader. 
      • Fluorocarbon leader line has no stretch and is capable of handling greater weight than monofilament fishing line or braid making it perfect for attaching heavy inline weights for Mutton Snapper fishing in the Florida Keys. 
      • Another benefit of this short connection is that it acts a “buffer” connection between the braided line and the long leader connection. For example, when I need to replace the long leader line for any reason,  I simply cut it at the swivel connection and re-tie quickly.
      • A Bristol Knot has a smaller profile than most and passes easily through my rod guides with ease.
      • I get an extremely strong knot when I tie this short piece of 40 lb. fluorocarbon line to the 30 pound double braided main line using the Bristol Knot. 
      • Fluorocarbon does have a smaller line diameter than monofilament so it makes it very easy for me to attach the Balloonfisher King removable inline weight to the short piece of fluorocarbon, more so than when I used to use monofilament. 
      • This piece of short piece of 40 lb. fluorocarbon takes some abuse so I recommend checking frequently.

*I will be testing a short piece of heavy hollow core braid line over the next couple month that may potentially replace this short piece of 40 pound Flurocarbon similar to the removable planer bridal sold by tackleroom.com. 

 

Mutton Snapper Fishing

Mutton Snapper Fishing with Good Karma Sportfishing

Step 3

Measure out 70-100 feet of 30 pound fluorocarbon leader then connect this long leader piece of 30 pound fluorocarbon leader line

The Main reason why I use Fluorocarbon leader is not only for stealth

      • Fluorocarbon line has incredible abrasion resistance, it withstands the abuse of rigorous bottom fishing for Mutton Snappers in the Florida Keys and has minimal stretch.
How to Catch Mutton Snappers

Balloon Fisher King Mutton Snapper

Step 4

Connect the short piece of 40 pound fluorocarbon (created in Step 2 ) to the 30 pound fluorocarbon longer leader (created in Step 3) via a 75 pound Diamond Brand Ball Bear Swivel using and improved clinch knot.

The Diamond Ball Bearing Swivel does the following: 

      • Prevents the Balloon Fisher King In-Line Weight from sliding down the line onto the hook.
      • Diamond Ball Bearings swivels significantly reduce line twists compared to all others I have used to date. 

 

How to Make the Best Mutton Snapper Fishing Leader

Mutton Snapper Fishing-Long Leader Set-Up

Step 5

Tie on a hook-I use circle hooks (sizes 2, 3, or 4 inline or offset) I use either Gamakatsu or Owner brand. Size the hooks appropriately for the live bait. I prefer using an improved clinch knot for tying hooks to the terminal end of the main leader. 

Step 6

Hook the Live Bait-When power drifting or slow trolling the bottom for Mutton Snappers using the engine, I always hook the live bait through the nostrils. I then peg the live bait to the hook using a Bait Button this help prevent live the bait from wrapping over on itself and fouling.  

Step 7

Set the Leader with the live bait-When deploying the rig, put the reel in free spool with the clicker on. Power the boat forward a little to get the bait swimming behind the boat, get the leader stretched out and stop at the swivel. I use my Rhodan Trolling 120 Volt Trolling motor in Track Mode to power the boat hands free using the remote while setting the lines. This allows me to make sure the baits are set correctly. The Rhodan Trolling Motor gives me a signifiant advantage especially on days with light current and no wind. 

Step 8

Once leader is complete stretched out (make sure the bait is swimming nice behind the boat)  attach the the Balloon Fisher King pressure clip with weight directly above the Diamond Ball Bearing swivel. Attach the clip directly above the swivel that connects the short piece of 40 pound fluorocarbon to the 30 pound fluorocarbon. Power boat forward and send the bait to the bottom slowly while the boat is moving forward.  Do not set the bait like you are in a race or you asking for a large tangle. 

Step 9

Put the Mutton Snapper in the Boat

  • When the fish comes to the top I have the client walk up the rail, then I come in and quickly remove the inline weight.
  • One the clip is removed the swivel is small enough to reel through the rod guides to the reel the fish all the way to the boat.
  • Set the Rod in the Rod holder and start fishing and let the rod holder and boat hook hook the fish.

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