Weekly Report 12 Mar 13

Tim Mulhall
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Weekly Report 12 Mar 13

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:29 pm

Snapper on Soft Plastics
As the weather around the Bundaberg area has cooled down, we have seen a fantastic run of snapper along the coast. Most of the small reefs such as the Two Mile, Ryan’s and the Cochrane Artificial have all been producing some great snapper to five and six kilos, and we have been having a ball catching them on soft plastic lures. A couple of us have been catching up to twenty snapper per session between us. The best way to catch snapper on plastics is to head out to some of the above mentioned reefs and locate the schools of snapper on your sounder. Most of the snapper will hang off the edge of the reef, not directly on top of it.

Head up-current and drift back over the reef towards the school of snapper, then cast up-wind and start your retrieve back to the boat using plenty of pauses, allowing your soft plastic to drift back down through the snapper. Then start your retrieve again, and hang on as a good snapper goes hard. The gear we mainly use is a good quality spin outfit consisting of a graphite 4-5kg spin stick matched to a quality 3000 or 4000 sized spin reel loaded with a good quality 15lb to 30lb braid line and a 30lb fluoro carbon leader.

Now for the pointy end. The most common jig heads used are weighted from 1/8oz to 1/2oz, using anywhere from a 3/0 to a 5/0 hook, depending on the size of the soft plastic. As for the soft plastic itself, the choice is endless but the tried and proven ones we use have been the Berkley plastics in the Gulp range with the Squid Vicious and Crazy Legs being hot favourites. Other ones that have worked well have been the Atomic Plazo’s and Z-man Jerk Shads. It sure has been amazing on days when the snapper aren’t eating bait, to see the soft plastics out-fish any other style of fishing. So next time take some plastics out snapper fishing and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Until next time,
Tim Mulhall

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