February is a great month to target hog fish, mangrove snappers and sheepshead offshore.
On my recent charters offshore in 18-30 feet of water, the bite has been strong with live and dead shrimp. I rig for hog fish and sheepshead the same way using a 30 pound leader and a 1/2 to 1 1/2 ounce jig head. I thread the shrimp to have the hook come out by the head of the shrimp. The hogs and sheeps grab the shrimp head-first.
To catch mangrove snappers I use a 25-30 pound leader with a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head with live shrimp. For best results, place a chum block out and anchor up-current; the snaps will eat most of the time from mid-depth down to the bottom.