Updated: Feb 23
One of the simplest way to guarantee you'll bag out when the snapper are in good numbers is to try "float-lining". Normally this means the method of slowly letting your bait 'waft" down to the bottom, hoping that the chosen species will grab the bait before it hits the bottom.
Float-lining works very well as long as you get the ratio of sink rate to water current right. You want to have the bait land in the middle of that school of snapper. Sounds easy, but with depth and current, you may find your bait gets to the right depth but long after having passed the school of fish you see on your sounder! Once it gets to the bottom, the small "peckers" may then get at your bait and waste another drift.
Here's some tips on targeting snapper this way: