How To Catch Snappers

How To Catch Snappers

Snapper, habitat and morphology

Snapper , apart from being a fish with high culinary value, is a highly valued species in sport fishing , especially in coastal fishermen. It can be known depending on the area such as rubiel, mazote, bocinegro, bream or as it is mostly called snapper. Its habitat ranges from the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Horn, this type of fish is a lover of subtropical waters with low or medium depths. The snapper is a fish that due to its good size, being able to reach almost the meter in length and the 8-10 kg of weight, it is highly valued in kitchens around the world, it has very good flavor and can be prepared in many different ways, such as baked. Its body is solid and elongated, with scales of silver and pink color, having a linear band of yellow color. Snappers are good swimmers and have a large mouth, their main feeding consists of small shrimps, shrimps, even crustaceans or crabs.

Scientific name: Pagrus pagrus

Family: Sparidae

Order: Perciformes

Class: Actinopterygii

Max weight: 8 Kg.

Max length: 95 cm

How to catch big or giant snappers?

How to catch snappers pagrus pagrusWe tell you how we can catch snappers from the shore or coast and is that with the arrival of spring, everything indicates that time is stabilizing and you want to go fishing with moving and productive waters. It is usually the preferred target to locate the hot spots where fish enter to look for food; do not expect to capture 50 meters from the shore, although it may happen. The spring dates in which the approach is scarce and progressive, so we must strive to place our sets far to catch snappers , reaching the greatest distance to which we can transport the baits for these beautiful fish.

The best coves are those that are not too wide or open, coves with two or three hundred meters from the shore, and with a pronounced arch in their configuration, with mixed natural backgrounds and good sandy bottom spaces, because they suppose the best scenario to detect the feeders and channels of entry and passage of these fish in search of food. From the entrance place yourself in the center of the cove and start throwing your rods progressively, each time at a greater distance, at the beginning all at the front, I have tried to cover a strip that allows us to place rigging in the center of the arch of the cove; this medium point usually gives good results, because in many cases that line enters or passes some water current that allows and facilitates the entrance to the cove of the fish that arrive from the deepest and most distant rock and sand.

Places to catch snappers

Snappers go a good distance, and therefore move a lot if the sea does not clearly indicate where they have a good feeder; in the spring, and except for very specific days and circumstances, it is usual that they do not get too close to the shore, but you should not stop occasionally putting a fishing rod to probe pools and swirls, in addition to those sand spots between rocks in the background that can be seen from the shore or from a nearby promontory.

There are times that "right there" we can take a good surprise.

If the snappers give to enter and the cove offers resources, it is possible that as the fishing day progresses you can find chopped closer, but do not stop digging the canes at maximum distance. If you hold until the fall of the afternoon, it is a particularly good time to get some good bite, you will see that it is there where you touch the baits more often, it is your step, and there you have to put the baits. If the wind changes or starts blowing a little,this depends on the sea change or the time that will occur; in this, the fish take advantage of us and move forward, so intensify your fishing action because there are times when a small wind blows on the surface, outside the cove and the fish leave, or on the contrary, it gets a bit cloudy the water and enter avidly. Do not get distracted in these fishing days, because sometimes the catches are decided in an instant; if you watch them and stick fast you can get good pieces, if you have the rods thrown and you are entertained in other things you can pass the chance to catch a good breca or snapper.

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Snapper equipment

Lures jigs fishing snappers This fishing is not given to put into action our hybrid rods and take advantage of both its power and nerve as its facility to mark distant and sometimes very subtle bites; do not think that by going out to look for snappers you have to resort to powerful and heavy equipment, moreover, it is usually best to take advantage of lighter and versatile teams , especially in days of much lance. Depending on the distance you are looking for the bites you can give the situation that you practically do not notice a sharp bite; this often happens with snappers, which seem to sting and stay more or less still, more, until you have the catch already entering the rebate you will not be able to calculate the weight, as there are occasions, and more with very cold water, in the that practically do not plant battle.

The snappers usually throw something more and draw line, especially if it is a specimen in conditions, that you can enter, because you will be fishing with very fine line and run the risk of leaving if you rush. Think of a team in which the fine line predominates, the coils of greater output that you can mount, with hybrid rods if possible, the rigs of one to two hooks with long branches, the big hooks, the leads that better fly and the more sweet baits for fish that travel a lot of distance looking for a food that is still scarce, and that you can make fly at the maximum distance.

Leads and baits used for snapper fishing

Fish fishing snappers from coast The leads, although it may seem strange, are interesting to mount them with phosphorescent lining; although fish by day, and that phosphorescent point over long distances is an extra, because there the fish are not very punished, and often approaching investigate what is that, and then your baits will be at your fingertips more easily. Think you are fishing a few meters deep , with little light despite being clear days, looking for fish that come from larger backgrounds, so a chopper exciter like this resource is very valid. If the leads prefer other finishes, the red color gives quite good results, especially with snappers.

The baits have to be light but very appetizing; Think of worms of various types and see them alternate in successive sets. Likewise the baby tita gives good results, as for example the very thin strip of dirty choco liquefied imitating a worm, and if you dare to touch the maximum test to mount small galleries, well fastened with lycra, in spring they give very good result, It is an irresistible bait in these fishing boats for these fish and for the bream and seabass or gilthead seabream that may cross where you are looking for snappers.

What equipment do I need to catch snappers to spinning?

The team will depend on the scenario, depth and size of the catches. Trying to catch snappers from the Canary coast, with sea beating, has little to do with fishing in the Iberian Levante boat in a bottom of just 14 meters, without current or air. In the first case, we need to launch by force to reach the depth to which the fish are placed, which will generally be more than 10 or 12 meters. We will have to counteract the effect of the fearsome wind (the trade winds that rarely give truce), and we will need to have sensitivity despite the great swell. We can use vinyl prawns being an ideal lure for snappersin these conditions, but in this case a metallic jig can be more useful, launching and deepening better, although it will not be easy for the novice to use, having to practice slowly at the bottom, risking the lures in each movement, especially if We think it is more efficient fishing with triple bottoms.

It will be necessary therefore the use of canes of more than 2.40 meters, fast, in risky light actions , around actions of about 10-30 grams, or more secure, around 15-50 grams; think that in the Canaries it will not be strange to nail other species that can plant hard battles, such as dentex, abalone, horse mackerel, etc., also being forced to use relatively thick braided lines , little in agreement with the fish that we are treating on this occasion. Very different can be trying to find pages, in the mouths of the Cantabrian or Mediterranean ports, where, if we do not have to throw too much, we can use the equipment of rock fishing or light spinning, as in the boat, where if the scenario allows it we can really spin very fine, especially fishing on rocky bottoms.

We will be able to use a wide range of light spinning rods for these moments, maximum action rods of 8-10 grams, with which we launch vinyl prawns of only 5 centimeters with a ballet of about 7 grams with ballast. The sensitivity of the rods is very important, since a hard team generates little confidence before the fish, which touch the decoy a little and leave it, while the more sensitive teams perceive the touches, which follow a dive with total confidence , noticing that the fish has the prawn in its mouth without releasing it before proceeding to nail.

We must use very fast rods with which we have to drive harder. Although we can choose canes with shares of about 5-12 grams, especially if we are new to the subject. What to say that these canes are delicate, should be careful when fighting large fish (with them we could remove dentex, bonitos, tunisks etc, fish weighing up to 5 kilos), but avoid lifting the cane excessively, trying to pump only to put the cane parallel to the horizontal. The line will be braided in all cases, down to 0.10 millimeters when we use rock fishing equipment, and even going down to 0.08 millimeters if we only weigh snappers in the sand, with a low of 0.20 millimeters, we should go up a bit more if we fish in the rock before the real possibility of being caught by bream, maragotas, thrushes or dentones.

Snappers with light spinning

The snapper , is easily distinguished from the pagel by having the tips of the tail fin (the tail) painted white, with a slight dark mask on the face, in addition to having quite sharp pointed capturing teeth and a more pronounced cephalic profile. It is a very characteristic inhabitant of the rock, although sometimes it is found in the oceanic posidonia or in the bottoms of songs. It is possible to capture it from the coast in very deep scenarios, although it will be from a vessel that will mark the abundance and size of the catches. Although it reaches a quite generous size, the most common catches for coastal fishermen will be fish weighing less than one kilo, with about 150-300 grams as the most abundant catch size in the Mediterranean.. The snapper is quite voracious, behaving to a certain extent like a dentex, attacking all kinds of more or less well-presented samples although crustaceans are its main dietary basis.

Pageles a light spinning

Vinyl prawns fishing spinning snappersThe pageles have a very homogeneous pink color, easily distinguishable from the snapper, in addition to having the sharpest snout and the jaw without noticeable canines, with predominance of the molar teeth. They are fish that reach a certain weight (a couple of kilos), although the most common catches in the vicinity of the coast will be less than a kilo, with many fish below 300 grams. The pagel is less predatory than the snapper , but that does not mean that it is not capable of attacking artificial lures, far from it, although to pretend them with certain guarantees it is highly recommended the use of small lures, and preferably that imitate crustaceans or tiny cephalopods. The sand, the mud and the song will be its main areas of champion, although the large stone slabs and the edges of the rock will also be to your liking.

Where to catch snappers and pageles to light spinning?

The pageles are best fished in sand or in more or less hard bottoms but very flat or mixed. You can fish whenever there is at least 6 meters of depth, and preferably more than 12 meters looking for them from the coast in the mouths of the ports or in large cliffs. From a boat it will allow us to look for them up to 60 meters deep, where the light fishing is complicated in excess (as much it is necessary to fish them between 15 and 22 meters), although it is certain that bigger specimens are caught with relative frequency. The snappers are much more linked to the rock, although they feel the same predilection as the ones that live in waters of a certain depth, which forces fishing from the coast in complicated environments, in cliffs or in the exteriors of the largest ports, while in boat or kayak will be enough to look for a rocky area with the help of the sounding and to practice the vertical fishing or jigging .

When fishing for light spinning?

Snappers and pageles are found throughout the year, so they are always an option to take into account, especially from a boat, although this same fact makes us relegate their fishing to times when there is a greater fishing effort. In the Atlantic area, summer will probably be the best time to pretend fishing, if you want to do it from the shore. However, in the Mediterraneanit will be the winter one of the best moments, especially for the largest pageles, which will have their maximum from December and February, both inclusive, although the campaign runs from October to April. In the case of snappers there is usually a very good fishing moment towards June, a fact that can also be seen in the Canarian archipelago. It is in summer when the largest snappers are best captured, more than 35 meters of sounding generally , although in the Mediterranean their summer fishing is in the background, before the appearance of other species more spectacular than to fish spinning .

How to catch snappers with light spinning?

Fish snappers from rock On the coast it seems a rather difficult fishery, not suitable for beginners, although it may be affordable for fishermen capable of fishing on the bottom, as these fish barely take off a meter from it, and the possibility of castling in steep profiles will be very high. In the boat the fishing is simpler, provided that we have a minimum of knowledge about jigging, since this fishing does not stop being a jigging carried to the ultra light end. We will have to throw in favor of the drift, to let the lure down while the boat progresses, to be able to fish around the vertical, where we better control the lure, to proceed when we lose sensitivity and the lure is far away. When we fish in the vertical we will move the lure with the rod, but soon we will start to leave behind the artificial, in which case we will have to open the reel after each movement of the same, to let it go down to the bottom. With a little patience it is easy to carry out this technique, and with the help of the layer anchor we will be able to fish lightly whenever conditions permit.

Best lures for snapper fishing

Lure vinyl prawnsEverything will depend on the size of the fish that we intend to fish, although the snappers are not too big-mouth fish, so it will be highly recommended to use decoy- sized lures . The best lure for this technique is a vinyl prawn(for tastes colors). We can use them with a hook in terminal position and a stop to prevent the lead from hitting and breaking or damaging the vinyl. However, we should not disregard the smaller metallic jigs, which work especially well with snappers, more aggressive than the snappers that usually attack the jigs in the fall, emulating the dentexes for those who think that this fishing is minor. To fish to great depth with lures a little majors, to select the sizes of its victims. Vinyl lures like the Black Minnow Offshore of Fiiish  work quite well with fish over the kilo, which fish with a cane of relatively light (7-28 grams) already give war.