We recently received some valuable insite on fishing for Pink Snapper from one of our Fishlocator Pro app users in Western Australia, Nev Warwick. Nev has perfected his technique for catching large Snapper and he has happily shared some tips and photos to help turn the odds in your favour.
“Firstly fresh bait I have found works best - catch your own and you save big bucks. I use the kmart $2 Sibiki rig on a little bream rod and find a sheltered area to catch fresh bait generally in a harbour with about 10 metres (33ft) of water and burley - usually catch scallies, yellowtail, and herring (scallies for me are the holy grail). I normally plan this for mid-afternoon so I can fish sunset for Snapper or Mulloway as a by catch. You can do the same for an early morning sunrise session – equally as good.
Once I have the bait I look for good ground - there are plenty of inshore shallow reefs you can try – just look for some broken ground around a reef in about 5 – 10 metres (15-33ft) of water. It is important to watch the weather and swell conditions especially when fishing after Dark. Generally I fish in 5-10 metres (15-33ft) of water. Again Burley is important so cubes of old bait or if you have a burley chopper old fish skeletons etc. A slow small trail is enough to entice but not feed them.
We use rods spooled with around 15 - 20 kg (40lbs) braid, with a 1 metre mono leader around 25kg (50lbs) with a small running ball sinker to a 7/0 to 9/0 circle hook. You can Snell a couple if you like but I personally like the single 9/0.
Snapper eat bait head first so I put the hook through the tail first pull it through and then place the hook just behind the head (I like to sometimes cut the head off the scallie) then put a half hitch over the tail.
Cast a line back in the burley trail and even unweighted - mix it up a bit. Get set up at least 2 hours before last light, or first light depending on when you choose to fish!!!!
This method will work around shallow wrecks and broken ground in Harbours as well. Make sure you use decent knots and regularly check your leader when changing baits or after landing a fish and replace if needed when nicks or cuts appear. Nothing worse than losing a fish due to a poor knot or a nick in the leader.
Have good light for when you need it and ensure you have all the right safety gear.
Only keep what you need - we are happy to head home with two good sized fish most of the time.
Attached pics from a recent session both fish were 80cms and around 8kg. Also a pic of a Mulloway caught as a bycatch.”
We hope Nev’s tips help you land the fish of a lifetime or at least catch more consistently.
If you or someone you know would like to share their knowledge and expertise we’d love to hear from you.