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August 14

How to catch Snapper in the Shallows

Well its been a bit brass Monkey up here (Whangaroa) over the last month in the Winterless North with some hell frosts, sideways rain, hail & windy days but when its fine & good its been stunning.

Water temp sitting around the 13 – 14 deg mark but some days feels colder, lots bloody colder but hay thats fishing in the Winter & you know what they say, fortune favours the brave.

I have been fishing some of the shallow fowl & reefs (under 10m) outside the Whangaroa Harbour over the last month & been battling with some nice Snapper from 5 to 10kg, Horse KY a few small Kings, plenty of Johnnies (John Dory) around & a few reef fish in between, a real mixed bag.

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All taken on Zman softies, colour varies from day to day so it pays to have a good selection on hand as I’m finding that what worked yesterday or last week might not work today or tomorrow.

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Also be prepared to change your colour if its a slow day & you might be pleasantly surprised of what might jump on the other end.

Light weighted Jigheads (Oceanangler Lightbulbs in Pink) in 1/4 & 1/2oz is all that is needed for a slow drift down the water column with most hits coming on the drop & when I say hits some of them are bloody violent, sometimes these fish amaze Me at how aggressive they can be with hell runs, drags screaming, just love that sound & feeling as light weighted silly string (6lb braid) gets stripped of your reel at pace.oh yeah just can’t get enough of that.

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Have also dropped down in Fluro leader size from 20lb to 15lb & instantly noticed the difference in strike rate, not a lot of difference in size but those subtle changes can be the difference between coming home with a couple in the bin to coming home with a bin full, it all helps (that extra 5% X factor).

As with most of the fishing I have done over the years I’m always looking for new areas to prospect & up here in the Far North it is endless with broken fowl & reefy structures all over the place, a Softbaiters dream so be prepared to move around a bit, try different spots & once again you might be pleasantly surprised at what you may encounter & catch.

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Remember your not going to catch them sitting on the couch next to the fire with your feet up watching TV, Winter is a great time to go fishing so get out there & get amongst the action.

Cheers & Happy Days.

SB