Snapper Snatchers are
pre-tied fishing rigs – but they are no ordinary rigs. They come in a range of
sizes and colours, and they all incorporate circle-style hooks, tied onto a
tough 60lb trace material in a paternoster arrangement. The key to the success
of the rigs is the fish attracting material attached to the hooks. Each hook is
accompanied by flashy dressing, much like a saltwater fly. There is also a
luminous bead above each hook, the glow of which can be intensified by shining
a torch or strong light on them (just like a luminous trout fly). Even though
it is recommended that Snapper Snatchers be used in conjunction with bait, the
‘fly like’ appearance of the hooks mean that you will always have a ‘bait’ in
the water, no matter what.
Reedy’s rigs can be used
for surf fishing also. This is one of the most novel uses for Snapper Snatchers.
For starters, it’s just so easy. Tie the swivel at one end of Snapper Snatcher to your
main line, and attach a star sinker to the other. Boom! You’re ready to fish!
More than that though, they’re very, very effective in the surf. I have caught
many Australian Salmon from the surf on Snapper Snatchers, and I know that
fishermen who use them more regularly also catch other species like Gummy Sharks,
Reef Fish, Mulloway and many more fish. List of potential target species
is virtually endless. Basically, any time you are fishing with bait you could increase
your success rate by using Snapper Snatchers instead of just bare hooks.
Snapper SnatchersThis season they are
already a huge hit in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, Lakes Entrance and Gippsland
in Victoria. South Australia’s St Vincent Gulf and Metro Adelaide, Shark Bay
in Western Australia, Sydney Coast line and Tweed Heads New South
Wales and Brisbane Coast line, the list goes on and on. If you’re fishing
for reds with your maximum rods, it’s worth making sure at least some of
them are rigged with a Snapper Snatcher for a bit of variety. No matter whether
you’re fishing from the shore or a boat, it is best to jazz up your Snapper
Snatcher hooks with a small piece of bait. A strip of pilchard is ideal,
especially in the surf. Pass the hook through the squid strip just once,
towards one end of the strip, just as you would for normal circle hooks. Small
fish fillets or pieces of cut up baitfish can also be used with Snapper
Snatchers. When baiting up, it is essential to ensure the gape of the hook is
not obscured with too much bait and the hook point is well clear of the bait. Once
you have your Snapper Snatcher rigged, baited and in the water, do nothing! The
circle hooks, are designed to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth as it
takes the bait and moves away. Striking at bites will only pull the hooks from
the red’s mouth, so it is imperative not to strike. If holding the rod while
surf fishing, don’t start fighting the fish until you’re sure the fish is well
hooked. If boat fishing, put the rod in a rod holder, low to the water, then
sit back and wait for the fish to hook themselves. Don’t even touch the rod
until there is a strong, sustained bend in the rod and/or line is pouring from
the reel. It’s a hard habit to break, but it’s important. A great way to fish
for snapper with Reedys rig’s is directly to the bottom, beneath the boat.
Presumably the rocking of the boat gives the rigs some up and down action,
which attracts the fish. It doesn’t matter whether you use your Snapper
Snatchers in conjunction with a braid or mono mainline. You will get excellent
hook up rates with both.
When fishing for Salmon in
the surf or Snapper in the bays, Snapper Snatchers with Circle 5/0 hooks are a
good choice. If you are specifically targeting Gummy sharks or Mulloway, go up
to 7/0 hooks.
Reedy’s rigs are readily
available from most tackle shops or online here