Fishing for both snapper and blue cod, for instance, requires relatively large hooks to avoid undersized and deep-hooked fish. Some big snapper specialists fish exclusively with 9/0 or 10/0 hooks. Snapper are aggressive feeders, so they're not too put off by such large hooks – or the large baits they're embedded in.
Either way, what is the best time to catch snapper?
The best time of day to target snapper is first and last light give or take a few hours.
No matter, what is a good snapper rod? Rod rating should be suited to fish and lure size, but as a general rule of thumb something around 3-7 kg is a good starting point and this will easily account for some quality sized reds.
Furthermore there, what lures to use for snapper?
Popular options include ZMan 5" Scented PaddlerZ, 6" SwimmerZ and 8" Mag SwimZ. It's the jerkbait style plastics that dominate the snapper catches however and these are the best starting point for those getting into offshore soft plastics fishing.
Why are circle hooks better?
Benefits of circle hooks Reduced deep hooking – improved survival of released fish and decreased loss of fishing tackle. Improved hook-up and landing rates for many species. The strike time is not as crucial for hook-up of fish.
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Snapper can live to a ripe old age – up to 60 years. These big old fish are often affectionately known as 'old man snapper'. Most snapper caught by recreational anglers in New Zealand are younger; usually between 30 and 50 years.
The best times to fish are when the fish are naturally most active. The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full moon (when tides are higher than average).
“You can lead a snapper anywhere you want it to go when you hook it in the corner of its mouth or the lips, if you don't put too much force on the line and the hook. If we're using 50-pound-test line, we'll set the drags on our reels at 12 pounds.
Jerk Baits - ZMan do a range of 'Jerk Bait' style soft plastics, ranging from the tiny 3.75" StreakZ right up to the big ZMan 8" StreakZ XL. The ZMan 3.75" StreakZ and ZMan 5" Scented Jerk ShadZ are a great size for chasing inshore snapper, where the bait tends to be smaller.
Early morning and evening is the best time for snapper, since many fish feed at night and rely on low light for camouflage, especially in shallow water. ... Night fishing can be good, especially if there is some moon, but snapper often go off the bite a couple of hours after the sun goes down.
Crimp a small split-shot sinker on your line just below the bobber, enough weight to help keep the bobber upright but not so much that it sinks the float. Fresh bait puts out natural scents that attract fish, so replace your worm once it gets soggy and turns pale. Now you can stop fishing and start catching!
Although snap swivels can save you time, they're too big and bulky and will most likely scare off the fish either by their unnatural look, or just their presence in the water. Sure, you might catch a few young, naive, aggressive with it, but if you want to maximize your chances of catching fish, it's not a good idea.