Snapper Fishing Tips
Snapper (Chrysophrys auratus), To the Maori of New Zealand the Snapper is known a Tamure. Snapper is our most popular food fish. It is found throughout New Zealand, but is most abundant in the north. A snapper will eat almost anything in the way of animal food, shellfish, crabs, shrimps, heart urchins, and small fish. Snapper range from 30 to 60cm, but there have been huge Snapper caught occasional examples are known up to 18kg in weight and over 100cm. in length.
If you want to catch snapper it pays not only to have the right gear but its also important to have and understanding about your prey. Its habit’s the way it lives. How it feeds, its main source of food. Its breeding habits and how the seasons effect its habits. A little knowledge can go a long way to increase your catch rate
Snapper is probably the most sort after species of fish for recreational fishers in New Zealand although the humble Kahawai is getting right up there. Snapper are a part of the Sea Bream Family
The common name 'snapper' was given to this fish by Captain James Cook in 1770
Snapper Fishing Tips
The best time to catch snapper is from September and October, with spawning peaking in December and January. Snapper are group spawners, and these large schools gather in the estuaries and bays, to complete the spawning process, which really comes on when the water temperature rises to around 18°C around this time catching snapper is very easy
Snapper or Tamure are a fast breeding fish; fertilized eggs float near the surface and hatch three to four days later. After hatching, snapper are very venerable and hide where they can. They feed on phytoplankton and zooplankton, marine worms and small crustaceans and grow to around 10 to 12 cm in their first six months. It takes around three years for Snapper to Mature with an average length of 25 to 30.5 cm. The minimum legal size (MLS) for snapper caught by recreational fishers in the North Island is 27cm, while it is only 25cm for commercial fishers.
Although Snapper can be caught an at varying levels they mainly feed near the bottom
The term 'bottom fishing' derives from species such as snapper as they remain just above the seabed, between depths of 10 - 100 metres in New Zealand's warmer coastal waters.
Snapper are not only excellent table fish they sort after by sport fishers who just love the sport of catching huge snapper, because of the way they fight. Snapper can be caught off shore, from the surf and my favourite off the Rocks. The 90 mile beach competition held every year up north along 90 mile beach is probably the biggest fishing competition in the world and the prize for the Biggest Snapper is $50.000,000.
Snapper Fishing Baits and Rigs - Snapper move into the Shallows in the spring and summer so are far easier to catch during those months and in the winter they move into deeper water. There are many ways to fish for Snapper today. Using Jigs, lures have become the norm. But you still can’t beat the old fashioned hook and bait. Throughout this site there are many tips and techniques for catching all types of fish.
Baits for Snapper: Mussels, Pipi’s, Mullet, Trevally, Squid but the moat popular bait would be the Bonito, because of its strong smell and its oil content. Another trick most fishers use it to soak baits like Mullet and Trevally in fish oil. We use Koi Carp this way.
Dropper Ledger Rigs are effective as your terminal tackle and Running Sinker Rigs work well. Snapper feed mostly on or near the bottom so there rigs mentioned will get you’re directly down to where the snapper are. If you’re using light sinkers or no sinkers at all your bait will most likely get eaten by Kahawai before your line makes it to the Snapper. Snapper seem to prefer the 'edges' of underwater tidal streams For offshore areas, fishing the turn of the tide may be best; among other reasons, the turning tide may reduce current speed and aid sinking a bait. For inshore areas, the incoming tide is preferred, because it provides snapper with better access to surf-edge shellfish beds on beaches. And you can’t go past sunrise and sunset fishing.
Hooking into a Stingray is like hooking into the back of a ship. A stingray will pick up your bait and all you feel is a gradual drag on your line and it just keeps getting harder and harder and there is really nothing you can do about it.
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