At the 400 - 450 feet deep range a simple two hook rig is best. They are elusive, but quite a magnificent fish. These are the deepest of the snapper species that have an alien life at extreme depth. Electric deep dropping is highly conditional and specialized. Economically, red snapper are among the most valuable fish in the Gulf. You betcha. QUEEN SNAPPER (Etelis oculatus) RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. Depth Deception I think that most of us, at some stage, fall for the deception of depth. This is partly due to the extreme depth of their preferred habitat and little economic importance. Queen snapper have the magical ability to put huge smiles on anglers’ faces. However, … Having a sensitive touch and being able to understand what’s going on a quarter of a mile below comes with practice and experience. The physics involved in hook at fish at this depth is pretty amazing, In this clip we land a non typical specie for the time of the year and it is an amazing catch and delicacy. In this endeavor if you aren’t fishing directly on the bottom you’re not in the strike zone. All of these fish have five star table ratings. Regs: According to current Bahamas fishing regulations, recreational vessels may not be in possession of more than 60-pounds or 20 bottom fish at any given time. The weight is at the bottom with a dropper loop about 8 inches above the weight with a second dropper loop a couple feet above the first hook. Of course, you will catch the odd few when fishing shallower spots, but in The Bahamas most of the sizable fish will be found roaming the jagged bottom 1,100 to 1,500-feet below. Another reason for the use of electric power is due to the fact that the Bahamian Archipelago is home to some of the sharkiest waters on the planet. South west rock anglers regularly take fine … Owing to the depth of its habitat and to the relatively small economic importance of the fisheries for queen snapper on the local scale, very little is known about the biology of E. oculatus. Sign up to Fishing Spots Be the first to access to new features, find out when new spots are added, read the latest fishing news and articles before anyone else! The following regulations apply to Queen Snapper in federal waters (3-200 nautical miles) off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, ... instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet. Of course, there are some that will claim this type of fishing offers no sport at all and is no more than commercial meat fishing. “Those hooks are huge and the gap is tiny, you’ll never hook anything,” claimed the novice as he pulled out an over the counter deep-drop rig more suitable for one-pound vermillion snapper. Florida Keys Reel Adventures. Data suggests that microbial life forms thrive within the trench. In the fertile waters of The Bahamas, when conditions are favorable, you can catch yellowtail snapper and a variety of grouper in less than 100-feet. There is little is known about the queen snapper, but it is reported that adults live at depths greater than 400 feet. Sometimes missing the mark by 100-feet can mean the difference between success and frustration. Ask anyone who consistently targets queen snapper and they will likely tell you the same thing—go deep or go home. I prefer 10/0 and 12/0 Mustad hooks attached with inline swivels. It is the only species of Etelis not native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. You can catch swordfish, grouper, queen snapper, rockfish, tilefish, sharks, and the black belly rosefish using deep drop rigs. Queen snapper are found offshore in deep wrecks and reefs.