When not overly aggressive, mutton snapper often bite and drop a bait a few times before consuming or declining it. Mutton hit a variety of baits, so depending on the time of year and availability of forage, the best bait for mutton snapper might be pinfish, speedo, pilchards, ballyhoo, goggle eye, threadfin herring, mullet, or even shrimp. Should a wary mutton tug at a bait and feel resistance, the game is over. To dampen any unnatural feel, we tied 25 to 30 feet of 30- to 40-pound fluorocarbon to the main swivel, complete with a 5/0 to 7/0 in-line circle hook. The calm seas and slight current allowed us to hold bottom with a 10-ounce sinker. Each sinker was tied to 24 inches of 15-pound mono secured to the barrel swivel riding on the main line.