Snapper Longlining Video - Paul and Morgan at Whangarei
A few weeks ago we got our first shipment of 6/0 Target Snapper Hooks in and tested them against 5/0 Target Snapper Hooks. We set two lines in 50 metres of water over spongy foul bottom, both sets had two floating beads on each trace and were baited with octopus bait we had caught on a previous trip.
TIP: We have found that octopus is a fantastic snapper bait and often target them by slow drifting big baits on the bottom when they are in the channels, if you catch one slice the head below the eyes to kill it and put it in the ice slurry with the rest of your fish.
Fresh frozen octopus is the best of all the frozen bait types. Always freeze the octopus ASAP and skin before using. Leave the suckers on. One medium octopus will bait four 25 hook longlines.
In the video above we fished a ShoreThing Kontiki from Uretiti Beach during the time the red sack weed was prevalent. The masses of drifting weed had no effect on our fishing success on either of the two days we fished.
The ShoreThing turns your Kontiki into a Dropper Rig and has many advantages.
The ShoreThing Kontiki Fishing System will:
Protect your Kontiki by significantly reducing the chances of sharks biting through your mainline
Allow you to set through drifting weed without getting weed all over your clips, traces weights and baits
Reduce the chance of losing your Kontiki to snags
Improve your setting performance over longshore channels and sand bars
Anchor your gear more securely in strong rips, currents and rough seas
Improve your catch rates through better weighting on the hook section
Improve safety when setting (no traces to clip on while setting at speed)
Reduce your stress levels when fishing in shark infested waters