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Snapper would have to be one of Australia’s most prized fish. With great eating qualities and real fighters its no wonder we love them so much. The techniques for chasing Snapper vary far and wide depending on where you live. Many Snapper fisho’s chase them with bait and a stack of burley. Snapper love a good burley trail however for me its all about micro jigging or throwing soft plastics.
I have listed a stack of great lures below but in terms of technique I’ll touch on one of the easiest in my opinion. Jerk shads for some reason are loved by Snapper even though they really have very little action. I think a sinking jerk shad might mimic a bait fish that has been smashed but not eaten by a surface feeding fish and Snapper love scraps. All you need to do is cast your jerk shad as far as you can and then very carefully watch your line while the plastic sinks.
Often a Snapper bite is a little tick in your line at which point you need to strike. If you don’t get a hit on the drop you then give your rod a couple of quick jerks upwards and get that jerk shad skipping up off the bottom. You then wait for for it to float down and again and repeat. I don’t tend to do this more than three times as the majority of Snapper I catch seem to hit the lure on the first drop.
There really are so many more techniques and different things work in different areas so the best thing to do is get out there and see what works for you. I have listed a stack of gear from our store that will get you totally sorted when it comes to Snapper fishing.
I like a rod around 4-9kg and around 7’6 long for casting, a 3000-4000 size reel with around 20 pound braid. I also fish a 20 pound fluoro carbon leader around a rod length but if they are a little shy I’ll go as low as 10 pound and believe me this can really help at times.
Good luck and tight lines, Bergie.