28/01/2009 at 2:15 pm #6739yellowfinParticipant
We will visiting NZ and staying in Motueka again to see family there in Feb/March and after a reasonable time catching Kahawaii (sorry if spelling is incorrect) but sadly no Snapper, I’m on a mission to catch a few of those beauties from the rocks at Bob’s Cove and Kaiteriteri. I suspect that rather that using a bottom rig with a grip weight and size 2/0 and 3/0 with Pipefish and bluey strips, I might be better to spin, so I am taking a shimano reel loaded with 20lb braid and a few lures. I have a few lures in mind, and would appreciate any advice on their suitability before bringing them down with me.
A Rapala SXR-14 43g silver minnow style with red under head, dives to 4-8ft.
Some Storm super wedges (38g) and some Sidewinder 6″ swimming jelly holographic green fish (25g).
Also a 50g Dexter silver wedge with holgraphic on one side, polished on the other – great for distance, with 150m being pretty attainable using an 11ft spin rod.
Up here the Sidewinders are pretty deadly for Bass, but as it’s Snapper I’m after I could use some advice in whether or not these would be good for spinning from the rocks.
Any tips greatly appreciated.
PS – have a look at our local fishing forum if you like – http://www.fishing-guernsey.co.uk (go to the forums bit – might be of interest to you guys)28/01/2009 at 11:30 pm #12343MiliwolfParticipant
The gulp soft baits are quite a effective lure, so are the Slug-go. A few people use jigs to fish for Snapper but they are hard to use from the shore, hard lures are not commonly used to catch Snapper in New Zealand. In saying that it can be done.29/01/2009 at 3:09 pm #12348yellowfinParticipant
Well, I guess I’d better bring some down and have a go and see what happens! I suspect finding some rocks what lead into deep water over sand might be best for snapper feeding, so I’ll have a go using lures and plugs and see what comes up.
I will also bring down some large fire-tail jelly worm lures and pennel rig them 3/0 and 2/0 and try jigging them from a boat and see what happens.
Looking forward to catching some NZ sunshine (and maybe a few Rays too! ) down there – roll on 23 Feb!
Interesting that sea float fishing doesn’t seem very popular, so I’ll be bringing some down with me, as that can prove very effective, esp with livebait.
Rob29/01/2009 at 7:15 pm #12349fishsnatcherParticipant
I have no experience in snapper fishing but I have heard of large snapper being tacken on live-spotties and mullet/pilchard etc.29/01/2009 at 11:28 pm #12350MiliwolfParticipant
I have been trying to catch Snapper from the shore in the Sounds for the last two years, made by a dozen trips of 4 hours and have caught zero, only had one fish on the entire time. They can take a lot of time and patience to catch one.
I have caught a few fishing Slug-Go from my kayak in the shallows and by dragging a weighted Gulp Peeler crab behind my yak.
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