Fishing for snapper at Louse Point in East Hampton was a blast. It is a tiny spit of land—the road literally ends there. A parking permit from East Hampton is required to park there (there is room for maybe 8 cars), but early in the mornings the city didn;t seem to be patrolling the area.
Every day we caught fish—the hot time was between 8am and 9am. It didn’t matter if it was cloudy and lightly drizzling or sunny. Our first day we got maybe 5 fish in 2 hours; the other days we had 12 and 20 fish in 3 hours.
Thanks to the Tackle Shop (575 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, NY 11930), we had exactly what we needed to succeed. We took our lightweight 5.6 spincast Zebco and other light rods (with 4 to 10 pound monofilament) and added conic, styrofoam, bobbered rigs with long-shanked small hooks and frozen 3-inch Regal Minnows. There was about 24 inches between the hook and bead/bobber.
We would cast from 20 to 50 feet out, and pretty quickly snapper would hammer the minnows. Rigging the hook through the eye and into the back of the minnow worked best—snapper tore at the bait crazily, often ripping half off without touching the hook.
We swapped on GULP! small minnows, which are made of a rubbery material, and those also got attacked and held up great. When the fish got a bit less excited for eats, slow drawing the bait in elicited strikes. Nearly all the snapper were between 5 and 11 inches, but we also pulled in a Porgy (see below) and a tiny sea robin, which nabbed the bait off the bottom when the rig floated close to shore.