go as light of a sinker that will allow you to get down and hold and use a 4' to 8' leader. I use anywhere from 40# to 80# depending if big grouper are in the area. If the snapper are finicky you can drop all the way down to 20 or 30 lb leader but you will loose a few fish possibly. I don't use fluoro unless i have to because the fish are being too picky. It has not proven to me to be cost effective most of the time, because I target grouper and just put up with the pesky snapper. Grouper will hit 120# mono if he is hungry.
The fish finder rig should be ok as long as you don't overdo it with the leader. Use 4-5 ft 60-80 lb mono leader with 7/0 circle hook. Get your hands on some 4-6 inch pinfish or piggy perch if you are live baiting, pretty much snapper candy. Similar sized mullets work as well, but it's gonna be tough getting those mullet right now unless you know where to look. Use trap to get those pinfish/piggies. Snapper will hammer them hard when u get them down near the bottom, and so will grouper. I do not recommend double drop rigs as I've seen many broken ones on big fat 15lb+ snappers, especially if two hook up. You can always use shimano lucanus jigs, they have a wide area of application, so a lot of folks are changing out the double assists to single large assist hook on their lucanus jigs.
4-6 oz tsunami ball jig is all i use for red snapper now. it is easy to use and feel the slightest taps. also easy to set the hook. my hook up rate with this is damn near 100%. i pre-rig either 80 lb mono or use a long assist hook to make a 2 hook rig when tipping with whole squid or sardines.
I don't know how they are in other places, but out of Freeport after
Hurricane Ike, I was using 100lb leader, double hooks with 24oz of weight
(7/0 Owner circle hooks), I was pulling in 2 at a time that were 10- 20+ lbs
each. I can do this for about 3 times then I have to replace the
leaders cause their teeth shredded the mono thin. Lost several 20lbs+ because of that. I would recommend 150 - 200lb leader if you run into a
school of hungry sows, line size didn't matter to them, if it looks like a fish it's
I was using a St. Croix Premier Saltwater 6' H, Alutecnos Gorilla 12, 60lb
mono, 100lb leader, 3 8oz egg sinkers, Owner circle hooks,
where are you located? i got mine at a not so local tackle store. the one above is glow/chart. i like the silver/green also. these things are extremely deadly, they cant resist the flutter action with a simple up and down motion of the rod. i think the big eye helps too.
yeah, ive use circles with no problems. i think when using bait you have to use circles. the original hook is not but noone has said anything to me about it yet. i thought about replacing it with kevlar cord/circle hook.