It’s snapper time!
  |  First Published: September 2015

Good quality squire have really turned it on for us this past month and we’re having no problem getting our bag limit for the boat in only a few hours.

As I mentioned in my previous report, the size has also been pleasing with most fish I the 1.5-2kg bracket, but mixed in have been some nice 3-4kg specimens.

Cooler current lines pushed in off Moreton Island in late June and along with some north/south current running at couple of knots, the switch flicked and on came the snapper.

A lot of inexperienced offshore anglers get easily put off and fear too much current, but when chasing snapper, you have got to use it to your advantage, as the old saying goes, “No run, no fun!”

You will have the odd day where it gets tough when you have wind against current and you have to up your sinker size, but on most occasions, with the use of a good sea anchor, you can keep your sinker size to a minimum and get a nice drift along the reef. The difference between bottom bashing and floating is that when bashing, you want to go straight to the bottom with as little angle from the boat as possible. When you’re float lining, you want to have a nice angle away from the boat. I can’t stress enough how important it is to not go too heavy with the sinker, but to also keep the line running off the reel, and you should eventually get down to where the fish are sitting.

I can’t remember the last time we used anything bigger than an 5 ball sinker on ‘Outlaw’ and that’s fishing predominantly in 70-90m of water.

One thing I also changed in the past few years is that I’ve switched from ball to bean-shaped sinkers. The bean sinker caused less drag through the water, so again, you can fish that touch lighter.

As I’ve stated many times before, braid is a ‘no-no’ for floating for snapper for many reasons, which I won’t go into again, but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-braid. I have a full rack of braided rods on ‘Outlaw’, but for float-lining, mono wins, hands down. We stick to 30lb and diameters under 5mm, and there’s plenty quality lines on the market that fall into that category.

By using the lighter line you also don’t have to worry about straightening hooks, so I’ve also changed away from the heavier gauge hooks, which are harder to set in a fish, and also harder to keep sharp. I’ve switched to a lighter gauge, chemically sharpened tailor-style hook, and our hook up rate has gone through the roof.

Anyway, it’s all about snapper east of the South Passage Bar over the next few months, so now is the time to get our there and bag a feed, and if you want to fine-tune your float-lining, come for a chart on Outlaw!

• Until next months, enjoy your fishing, take care on the coastal bars and if you’d like to join me on a charter (max 8 persons), give me a call at Outlaw Charters on (07) 3822 9527 or 0418 738 750, or visit my website at www.outlawcharters.com.au

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