Daily Archives: July 27, 2015


Getting that Snapper in a Snap

fishingYou cannot go to New Zealand and not go fishing. One of the most fished out in NZ is the snapper or the Pagrus Auratus. It is popular for both sport and gastronomic purposes, as it is widely distributed.

Before you head out to get your hands on them, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the snapper fish. Their name comes from the fact that most of Snapper species have sharp teeth, ones that are made for holding on to their prey. There are also various types of Snappers like, Cubera Snapper, Red Snapper, Mullet Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper and Yellowtail Snapper.

As exciting as it is to start fishing for the both exciting and delicious treat, you will have to do it right to get them right.

Here’s what you need to know for a more effective snapper fishing trip:

The Right Equipment

Snappers are known to be strong and stubborn fighters. This means your rod will have to endure the fight and struggle you will experience in reeling one in. Equip it with the right rigs, depending on the location.

Consider using the stray line to present bait in a more natural way when catching snapper in shallow waters. Dropper rigs are for deep-water drifting and channel fishing and for when weight is needed to sink the bait.

The Bait

As snappers have mouths full of pointy teeth made for their prey, the best baits include live mackerel, live squid and even live kahawai — if they aren’t too big. While, it may be a bit costly to use fresh bait, you can also use soft and plastic baits. They are very much effective on snapper, as is the softbait fishing method.

The Location

While snappers are abundant in New Zealand, they can be found in various areas during different seasons. These places include Nelson and Marlborough Sounds in the South Island and Hawkes Bay at the top of the North Island to Taranaki.

If you want bigger snapper, go fish around reef areas, as they inhabit them all year round. But in spring and early summer, they tend to migrate near harbours and estuaries.

The Time of the Day

The best time to go snapper fishing is in the early morning and evening. This is because they mostly feed at night time and rely on the darkness of the night for camouflage purposes, especially in shallow water.

In shallow areas, the tides are good indicators when fishing. If the tide is too strong, it is best to go fishing for snapper fish at another time.

While fishing takes a lot of time, keeping these tips in mind will get you that snapper in a snap.