versus the ‘strike straight away’.
To strike a beak hook just lift the rod tip, which will set the recurve hook nicely in the corner of the mouth. Personally, I grab the rod straight away, wind quickly, and strike as fast as I can. Depending on how long the snapper has had the bait in his mouth, I have got the bases covered with the
Bait selection is essential, though snapper will eat almost anything when they are hungry. One huge snapper scoffed bacon I threw in the water at the end of a camping trip, and I heard of one with a gnarly old sea cucumber in its stomach. The best baits though? Anything freshly caught like kahawai, mullet, piper and mackerel, which about covers what’s available in our area of NZ. Then there are the bought baits: pillies, baby salmon, anchovies, sanmar, baby squid, bonito etc. Choose the freshest looking baits from the freezer. Let’s face it, if you spend around $8 -$10 for 1kg of bait, make sure it’s the best.
Snapper bites range from a full-on smash and screaming run to a tentative one click on the baitrunner. They