Peter Majzner with a quality Hervey Bay snapper caught on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Peter Majzner with a quality Hervey Bay snapper caught on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Don’t miss out on snapper this winter season

IT'S snapper season in the Bay and there are a few tried and true methods that should ensure you have a successful trip each time you take to the water.

Snapper can usually be found near the inshore wrecks, rocky outcrops and reefs.

Areas such as the artificial reef, the top of Big Woody Island, Little Woody Island and the Picnics - to the reef and rubble patches wider afield like the 25 Fathom Hole, the Gutters, Wathumba and Rooney's are ideal spots.

Locating the bait in these areas is one of the keys to success - if you find the bait the snapper won't be too far away.

Sometimes the bait will not be holding on the structure, so use your sounder to have a good look as the bait could be holding off the structure in what is known as a pocket or back eddie.

As most snapper anglers know, fishing the period either side of the full moon is when the best catch rates occur.

Tidal change also has a great influence on snapper, and most anglers have their own opinion on which part of the tide fishes best, however I have found the last of the run out and the last of the run in to produce best results.

Tie both the moon phase and tidal influence into your fishing times when planning a trip and you will be rewarded with better catch rates.

Targeting snapper with baits is the preferred method for many anglers.

When fishing with baits setting up a good berley trail can be the difference between success and failure.

Pet mince from your local butcher, fish scraps left from a previous fishing trip or cubed pilchards are just a few ideas for an effective berley.

Also try mixing a little tuna oil into your berley for added scent but don't overdo it.



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