FISHING WITH RIGS, JIGS AND LURES
Paternoster style rigs (also known as ledger or dropper rigs) are a common and highly effective method of targeting snapper. They include 2 hooks branching off the mainline (or backbone) with a sinker tied to the bottom of the rig, to keep the bait near the bottom where snapper usually feed, and a swivel on the top for connecting to your mainline.
You can buy pre-tied rigs, like our Snatchers® and Snapper Snacks®, which can help you maximise your time on the water as you don’t have to worry about tying your own rigs. If you choose to tie your own rigs, tie several rigs prior to a day on the water, to ensure you can spend your time fishing and not tying knots.
Our Snatcher®(or flasher) rigs have shiny “flash” material attached to the shank of the hooks. We rig our Snatchers® with our own Tough Trace leader and incorporate our own Japanese made hooks, so they are built strong enough to handle to head shakes of a big fish.
Our Snapper Snacks® have a lure-like skirt to attract fish, and also incorporate our own materials, and are proven to catch snapper and a wide range of other species.
Both will work well in all depths of water, and can be fished with or without bait. When using bait, try to make the bait look as natural as possible when it's hanging from the hook, and make sure the point and barb are exposed (but not buried) to maximise the potential for a solid hook up.
JIGS AND LURES
Jigging is a popular method of catching snapper and can be successful with almost style of jig.
There are many different styles and shapes of jig available these days. They vary from streamlined narrow metal jigs to short, fat spoon-type shapes that fall into the slow jig category.
Our Flipper and Flutter jigs are very effective on snapper, who can’t resist the slow pitched movements that resemble wounded baitfish. Some anglers will have a favourite colour jig that works for them, but sometimes it helps to have a few different colours in your arsenal so you can swap out if that particular jig isn't working.
Metal jigs come in different weights, from 20-40g micro jigs, right up to 200g jigs which are ideal for deeper water. Consider your environment, taking into account water depth and the strength of the ide or current. It can be a good idea to test a few jigs to see what's attracting the local snapper population on the day. Using the lightest jig possible to get to the bottom will often result in the best success, as this enables a better action to be achieved from the jig.
Another popular style of jig is often referred to as a sliding jig. These jigs are made up of two parts – a weighted sliding head, and a skirt or fly, with two small, sharp hooks. Our Sunakku® slow jigs are ideal for targeting snapper, and they’re designed to be effective when you’re drifting, and in deeper water (20 to 100m). But they can also be fished from an anchored boat, utilising the current to create the movement needed to entice your target. The combination of the heads, skirts and a small piece of bait can be an absolute winner. As Scott from Fishing & Adventure always says “if in doubt, chuck a Sunakku® out”!
A simple and versatile way to catch snapper year-round in shallower water (less than 20m) is casting and retrieving soft-baits. Standard practice involves casting ahead of your drift direction, letting the soft-bait sink to the bottom (while staying alert for bites), then slowly retrieving it with twitching rod lifts and drops.