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Rigging for Snapper

Aye aye, skipper! Rigging up for snapper can be the difference between an empty cooler and a feast worthy of Poseidon himself. Here are some tips to help you land those beauties:

Basic Snapper Rig:

    • Line: Choose a braided mainline like PE 4 or 6, with a fluorocarbon leader of 40-60lb. Fluorocarbon is invisible underwater and abrasion-resistant against rocks and reefs.

    • Swivel: Tie a strong swivel (30-50lb) to the mainline using a Palomar knot. This will prevent line twist and allow your bait to swim freely.
    • Sinker: Use a ball sinker or a running sinker depending on the depth and current. For shallow water or light current, a 40-60g ball sinker is sufficient. For deeper water or strong current, use a running sinker of 60-100g.
    • Hook: Choose a strong hook size 4-6 depending on the snapper size you’re targeting. Octopus or circle hooks are popular choices for their good hold and reduced chance of gut-hooking.

Bait Presentation:

    • Live Bait: Pilchards, piper, or small squid are excellent live baits for snapper. Hook them through the back or just behind the head for good swimming action.
    • Soft Plastics: Paddletail or curly-tail soft plastics in pink, white, or orange work well. Rig them on a jig head or a weedless hook.
    • Fresh Dead Bait: Whole or cut fish like mullet or kahawai can also be effective. Use bait holders or elastic to secure them to the hook.

Advanced Tips:

    • Double Hook Rig: Use a double hook rig with two hooks spaced 10-15cm apart for larger snapper or when using two different baits.
    • Drifting: Let your rig drift with the current while keeping the line slightly taut. This mimics natural bait movement and attracts snapper.
    • Bottom Bouncing: For deeper water, bounce your sinker and bait along the bottom to stir up sand and attract snapper.
    • Burley: Throw out burley bags or chum to attract a school of snapper to your area.

Remember, the best rig is the one that works for you and the specific conditions you’re fishing in. Experiment with different setups and baits to find what the snapper are biting on. Tight lines and happy fishing!