There is no best snapper rig in port Phillip Bay. My name is Brett as I’m the owner of Reedy’s Rigs it’s literally my job to know what rigs work best in port Phillip Bay. this is what I’ve done for the last 10 years of my life target snapper ALL Year Round in port Phillip Bay . Today I’ll share that some information with you about rigs. Below is a Video of Me Tying Rigs & Also Catching Snapper.
The first rig I use is Unweighted fly rigged on a Reedy’s Rig single circle Hook 4/0 . In Port Phillip Bay there is lots off shallow reefs. Normally its very snaggy Country so using twin Hooks is probably not ideal. I prefer the circle hook on this rig, Only Because they do not seem to get snagged as much. The unweighted fly will just give it that 10% attracting power and is also possible to catch a red with no bait. This rig is great early season when the fish are in shallow. I use 20/40-pound leader. I connect it to the main line with a double uni knot or a Swivel if I plan to head deeper later.
Early season when the fish go shallow is when I fish this rig most . The type’s of area’s such as Black Rock, Altona, Elwood, Frankston, Brighton ,Sandringham Mornington , Mount Eliza ,Basically anywhere with heavy reef .
Snell Twin Hook Rig
The Snell Rig probably port Phillip bay’smost used rig. Great for most parts of the bay. I use size 4/0 187 Hooks (octopus Style) you can catch big fish on small hooks. it’s harder to catch small fish on big hooks. Let’s face it not every snapper is going to be a huge one. A 2Kg 3Kg fish are still good fish but would be better suited to 4/0 size hooks. I like my Snell rigs to have fixed hooks to help with penetration when hooking the fish. So, there’s always been a lot of talk about unweighted and weighted on the Snell rigs, If you can get away with unweighted use an unweighted rig. but in my boat I’m always fishing at least four rods or normally 8 so to keep those rods in an even spread so they’re not tangling up with each other, I Use size 1 Ball Sinker. It will keep that all in order so that’s why I use the sinker. This rig is great for full Bait’s such as pilchards, Silver Whiting ,squid heads etc.
Reedy’s rigs Ultra-Rigs are the Best Pre-tied Paternoster rig on the market. there is no expense spared on the rig. I use paternoster rigs anytime when I’m fishing Snell rigs which is most of the time. Is probably my favourite rig to be honest. I Find my Biggest fish of the year is normally caught on this Rig. Using fresh squid strips or rings is fantastic. But I like a silver whiting head Pinned through the nose. With circle hooks you want use the next size up Hook ,than what you’d use generally speaking it’s a size up so if you use normally used size 4/0 then use a 5/0 hook, if you size 6/0 Buy 7/0 Etc.
How To Tie a Port Phillip Bay Snapper Rig
187 Hook Features:
- Chemically Sharpened: Even though these hooks are Japanese made, they are treated with a particular chemical to keep them sharper longer. This means an acid or chemical solution is used to sharpen the end. This allows for a smaller barb size and a thinner, more tapered point for hooking fish.
- Hook Point: The hand-ground point gives the 187 Hook its unprecedented performance in penetration. This reduces piercing resistance, meaning an increased and enhanced speed of penetration. The hook will resist wear and bend for more extended periods of time.
- Teflon Coating: All 187 Hooks are designed for extended life and performance. The Teflon coating enhances the penetration of the hook. This provides less friction and less force needed for the snapper or kingfish to bite. The fish won’t need much force to bite down on this hook. Also, the coating process reduces the corrosion process due to the salt content of the sea.
These hooks help you catch more fish. Reedy’s 187 Hooks are designed by those who know their game when it comes to fishing. They hold up to professional standards, and you can take advantage of their circle or octopus design with its straight shank. These hooks give you the perfect catch of snapper and kingfish at a rate of 100% and are a must-have for all your tackle and fishing needs.