Scientific name the Pagrus Auratus is a fish found in the coastal waters of Australia. Snapper is identified as a highly prized table fish. Snapper take a variety of different baits and lures ranging from soft plastics to jigs.
On a boat, flicking soft plastics has become highly popular, however you can still live bait and also use dead baits. Snapper eat a wide range of baits, commonly known to target whatever is easily accessible to them. The taste of fresh striped tuna, squid, bonito and pilchards are just some of the options you could use to catch these creatures. They are not fussy eaters at all.
Best time of day to chase snapper is always a hotly debated topic with the change of light periods of dawn & dusk always being prime snapper periods.
Snapper are found commonly in the depths of between 15 to 25 metres in larger bays, however they can be found anywhere from 5 metres to 120metres. Shimano offers a large range of suitable fishing reels and rods for targeting Snapper.
Catana 732 Snapper rod with a Cazna 2500F reel
Raider MF Snapper 762 rod with a Sustain or Stradic 4000 reel
Revolution Inshore 741 Snapper with a Baitrunner 4000 OC reel
Terez 7’2” Medium-Heavy rod with a Stella 4000FJ
Shimano also offer a wide range of Squidgies and jigs that are proven Snapper catches.
Shimano Lucanus Jigs
Squidgy 145mm Blue pilly flick bait
Squidgy 125mm White lightening Shad
58mm Spanyid blade
When using Soft Plastics for Snapper, be vigilant when allowing to sink to the bottom as a high percentage of bites will come on the drop. Once on the bottom, work your plastic back to the boat ensuring it is always in the bottom 3rd of the water depth.
Vary your retrieves and styles of plastics until you find what is working on that specific day.
When bait fishing for Snapper, create a burley slick. Anchor away from the reef and burley towards it. Try and be as silent as possible, Snapper will spook easily especially in shallow areas. Remember to fish as light as possible in line, leader and weight for your best chance.
If your using a Baitrunner OC for snapper, disengage the gearing. Once the fish starts running, turn the handle and your on. There are preset drags at the front and a preset drag at the back, just to let the fish know how much tension you can give it. You can do up the front and if the fish doesn't like it, you can change the drag level at the back.