Nowadays there's such a diverse range of lures to use when it comes to catching big reds that sometimes it can become perplexing trying to settle on a particular style/weight to tie on.
Many of my lure selections for snapper are guided by the amount of tide running (or not running) and other factors such as water depth, and drift speed (if applicable). Much of the success of catching snapper on lures consistently is simply presenting your lure in the right areas for long enough for it to be seen and eaten.
- During periods of super-strong tidal flow well-weighted lure options such as Bottom Ship jigs, Lucanus jigs and the heaviest of jigheads on your soft plastics will be needed to keep in touch with the bottom and give you adequate bite detection. The Bottom Ship for instance actually excels in these conditions, and with its rapid sink profile it's a perfect choice for fast water, with the squid skirt regularly enticing a strike even when the lure is fished near-static on the bottom.
- When water flow backs off this is the time to be looking to use soft plastics, smaller micro jigs and downsize your Lucanus and Bottom Ship jigs to the smallest and lightest options you can comfortably reach the fish with. Snapper in slow water can become fussy biters and have more time to scrutinise offerings, so keeping your presentations on the stealthy side will payoff, however also remain practical and ensure you're spending maximum time in the feeding zone.
- With lure weights we can go right up to several ounces if needed when the tide is cranking, down to a measly 20-30 grams or so. Pack plenty of ammo and let commonsense prevail and I'm sure you'll deck plenty!