Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Snapper with Soft Plastics Lots of Fun

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Snapper with Soft Plastics Lots of Fun

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Byline: Dayne Taylor Team Urunga Fishing

SOME nice days on the ocean saw a few boats head out to sea searching for early winter species, most fishos coming back with a nice feed.

Peter Jones and Carl Redmond snared half a dozen snapper to 4kgs and a 40kg blue fin tuna last Saturday but unfortunatley when they went back to sea the next day, they returned empty-handed.

That made me think of putting a few tips and tricks out there that will improve your chances this year on the inshore winter reds.

Prodomenatly the snapper come in close to spawn through the winter months and, yes, eventually they do need to feed so you will definately catch fish on traditional baits. But I beleive you will have a lot more fun chasing and catching trophy size fish by interrupting spawning fish and drawing a reaction bite.

A lot of people simply do not relise how easy and rewarding it is to chase snapper on soft plastics. I have been on the water with traditional bait fisherman. They have anchored up on the same mark that has produced a couple of pan size snapper every year for the last 20 years and watched them a[approximately]try' soft plastics. They try the biggest jig head and plastic they could buy on a 80lb leader and lob it out the back of the boat as they sit there at anchor, wind it back to the boat giving it a few whips and flicks along the way. After five minutes, it gets thrown back into the front of the boat and the bait and burley comes back out.

I can't help but laugh as its really not that hard to do, and once you do it correctly, you will be blown away at how affective soft plastics are!

Firstly, go light, I know it seems crazy but a 2500-4500 size reel spooled with 20lb braid and 20lb Flurocarbon leader, fitted to a 4-8kg rod is all you need. …

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