To catch Australian Snapper, you will need to
● Fish over natural and artificial reefs, rock ledges and wrecks.
● Try all depths of water.
● Use a Flasher Rig (Reedy’s Rigz Ultra Rigs), live or fresh bait.
● Use luminous beads and fluorocarbon leader line.
● A good brand of rod and reel.
Where to fish for Snapper? Reefs, Rock ledges, and Wrecks.
Australian Snapper can be found in all depths of the ocean – as long as there is some kind of protective structure within their vicinity.
Most of the larger fish like to linger around reefs, both natural and man-made. Some will spend the whole year feeding and breeding around the same part of a wreck for years and never move on.
Furthermore, Studies have shown that the Snapper, in general, doesn’t have that vagabond instinct like other species of large fish.
This makes finding the bigger ones a little easier.
Australian Snapper can still be found in the deeper ocean stretches, but those cruising the open ocean are most likely looking for a new habitat.
Fish all Depths.
Let’s just point out that much smaller Snapper like to group-up into schools and traverse the more dangerous waters together – safety in numbers.
Fishing in varying depths is going to increase your chances of getting a snapper – and as long as there is a reef or wreck nearby – you’re probably going to find yourself in the right spot.
What Size Rod & Reel Combo?
A spinning reel size 4000-6000. Shimano Baitrunners are a popular choice, Myself I fish with a Shimano Sienna 4000 paired with a 6-8kg sonic pro as Pictured below
My Snapper Rod is 4-8kg Shimano Sonic Pro in the picture. A rod in 6-10kg class is recommended when bait fishing fast current.
Sienna 4000 gets the job done for me, it’s a cheap option. if your wanting to spend a little more check out shimano Baitrunner range .
Bait Fishing i like to use mono this is spooled on my Sienna 17lb Berkley Trilene for 300m is around 14 bucks.
Reedy’s Ultra Rig with the new Uv Glow is must have in your tackle box
Rig Tying Video Make your own Snapper Rig’s
This video was made a few Year’s ago, nothing has changed when tying this rig. the only new update is we fish the ultra rigs,
We Like to catch Snapper with a flasher rig using the Paternoster style – you can bait it or not. It’s completely up to you.
You can make your own setup for bait and plastics or you can get premade tackle purposely designed for Australian Snapper.
For more information on how to prepare yourself for your first snapper fishing trip – check out the How-to at the top of this page.
Whichever choice you decide to make – whether bait, flasher or plastics – the most important part in the setup is your level of illumination or luminescence as Snapper has good eyesight compared to other fish.
This means that metallic leaders are a no-no.
Lumo balls too – this helps to attract the fish and helps to hamper the bite-down motion and prevent the line from snapping.
There is a lean towards round hooks rather than shanked, but again – it’s all about preference.
If this all seems a little overwhelming – it’s okay, Snapper fishing is 60% art and 40% science and is the main reason we provide pretied flasher rigs.
3 Tips For First-Time Boat Fishing.
1. Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap.
If you’re from Straya – you know what I’m on about.
If you’re not an Aussie, let me give you a quick rundown.
● Slip on a shirt,
● Slop on some sunscreen,
● Slap on a hat
● and wrap on a pair of sunglasses.
So basically – remember that you’re going to a big dose of the sun during your fishing trip. Don’t be the idiot who ruins the whole day because s/he got burnt in the first hour.
Also, Shirtless is definitely a no-no. Just be like everyone else and wear your daggy blue BCF shirt.
2. Check Your Six.
Remember to look behind you when casting out.
Yep, there are other people on the boat and the chances of hooking a patch of skin or cloth are high. So, warn people when you’re about to cast out.
You need a decent space to throw out a long cast.
Your hook is easy to control when your rod is over your shoulder and you have an eye on it – but once you turn back to the ocean and give it a good old throw out – that’s when you lose control.
A friend standing within half a meter of your hook – is in your cast range and will likely get a nasty surprise.
So, most experienced boat fishermen like to just drop their line over the side.
3. Lines IN!!!
Its good etiquette to reel-in when a friend hooks a fish.
This clears all other lines out of the water and keeps the rods out of the way – so the angler can utilise all the sides of the boat if necessary.
Some fish are battlers and will use any way to snag your line.
Also, it only takes an overexcited turn in the boat to elbow a fishing rod into the drink – a very expensive rod for that matter.
Other Names For The Australian Snapper
The Australian Snapper is also known as the Australasian Snapper, Red Bream or Pinkies when just at the legal size. Squire or Squire fish when they are slightly bigger and of course – Snapper when at full size.
In Western Australia, they are sometimes called Pink Snapper to distinguish them from other species that may share similar features to the Australian Snapper.
In South Australia – smaller Aussie Snappers are called Ruggers.
Victorians sometimes give ‘Snapper’ a bit of a German twang by pronouncing it as ‘Schnapper’ – this is a reference to Schnapper Point in Mornington.
Native Aussies call them Wollamie, but the first European settlers nicknamed them the Light Horsemen as the skull resembled the helmet of the cavalry unit known by this name.
Did You Know?
The oldest Australian Snapper was 40 years and 10 months old and was almost a meter long (935mm.) This monster was caught on the 1st of September 2007 off of Western Australia.
The legal catch and keep size vary throughout Australian states – so check with your state regulations.
Where Can You Find Them?
Australian Snapper can be caught everywhere in and around Australia, except for the top end.
It is most prevalent around the North Island for anyone who might be looking to fish snapper in New Zealand.
The Polynesian Islands have the highest concentration of Australian Snapper.
What To Do When You Hook Your First Australian Snapper.
1. Don’t Strike with circle hooks!
That first yank of the rod is known as the strike.
A well-timed struck is normally a guaranteed catch as the hook quickly embeds into the structure of the fishes mouth.
This isn’t done with flasher rigs (circular hooks.) The idea is to catch the hook in the corner of the mouth – where the strong jaw bone and the high-tensile hook can work together to handle the tough job of hauling the fish from the bottom of the ocean.
This works especially well for larger snapper.
Otherwise, a struck hook that is caught on flesh can be easily torn out or regurgitated.
To nutshell – a hook caught in bone is best.
2. Untighten Your Drag.
This ‘drag’ is the knob on the top of your fishing rob – inside are two friction plates at are tightened together to stop the reel unwinding – the knob regulates this – as sometimes you need the line to run out under its own accord.
If you don’t allow the drag to activate – the line will snap.
The drag lets the fisherman ease the tension on line and rod without any lost hooks or damaged equipment.
A tactic of tiring the fish out before winding it to the surface is the only way to snag a big Aussie Snapper – or any large fish really.
It is a long process, but this is the essence of fishing. It is these long battles that make it worth the trip out.
So remember to relax your drag by unscrewing the top knob of your reel.
3. Tire Your Fish First.
As mentioned above – you need to get the fish fighting so it is exhausted by the time it hits the surface.
This means bringing it up and then letting it dive back down – over and over again until the ferociousness of the fish’s pull has subsided.
Then you know it’s safe to reel it into the boat.
4. Oi, Get The Net!
Don’t try to lift a big one into the boat on your own or on your line. Call out to one of your mates to bring the net to the water.
A good technique is to 50/50 the mouth of the net into the water, so half the mouth is in the water and half out,
Then, stroke the net towards the fish – once the fish is in – twist the mouth so it faces up and lift it out with two hands.
Don’t over think this – just try to develop a net technique that –
1. Doesn’t startle the fish.
2. is smooth enough to not tangle or flip the net.
3. is sturdy enough to get the fish aboard and not get dropped in the sea (with the net.)
The Paternoster Rigs