Snapper fishing

 I have been boat fishings for 2 seasons now and to date have only caught 1 snapper that being around the Hale road reef structure. Apart from that I am more of a fish feeder than catcher. Do i need to go well beyond the 3 or 4 nm area to catch snapper, is 12 -15m to shallow?, should I be looking at heading out to the 30 to 40m depth area to locate them. I am starting to think that the one I did catch was actually lost. Not looking for actual locations but more the distance out and depth. I have the boat to get me there, a 6m cc old Razerline with a 130 honda on the back. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks




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 Nothing wrong with hale

Wed, 2018-01-03 16:30

 Nothing wrong with hale reef,best to fish it at or before first light, typical snapper fishing.go to the deeper side and look around.

fishers better in winter they come in close.

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Drop in to shore catch have a

Wed, 2018-01-03 16:48

Drop in to shore catch have a chat with Mick his the gun inshore pinky fisho with some big ones in close


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lol sounds like you are in a

Wed, 2018-01-03 16:57

lol sounds like you are in a similar situation to me! I hadn't had much luck until this year, and found that what made the biggest doifference for me was getting out early, burlying pretty heavily, and fishing the bottom while having a mulie or something floating out the back. managed to get a few towards the end of the closure, most were in about 15-20m of water. good thing about the burley was that even if no snapper, would usually get some good skippy, or a few sambos popping by.

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Good bait

Wed, 2018-01-03 18:54

 I'm convinced a lot of the secret to catching snapper, dhuies, etc is nice fresh bait. Fresh squid, live small whiting, or some fillets of herring, etc work much better than packaged squid from some of the tackle shops which was caught and packaged 6 months ago.


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 thanks for the advice

Wed, 2018-01-03 18:56

 thanks for the advice fellas

I have been burleying heaps and bottom fishing as well as floating a mulie even used plastics but i figure its perseverence that brings rewards. Having a very old and small sounder doesnt seem to help either, I will sound good spots and then attempt to anchor to float over them but I seem to end up where the ground is flat. 




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 Where is shore catch

Wed, 2018-01-03 18:57

 Where is shore catch located?




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 GO see tim at Tim’s tackle

Wed, 2018-01-03 19:23

 GO see tim at Tim’s tackle in guildford. He is an expert when it comes to catching snapper. 

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Squid, Goat and Ghost

Wed, 2018-01-03 20:07

Very good advice provided by the members.  Tim is certainly worth talking to if you are around Guildford.  Ryan is also a good option in O'Connor.

Keep it simple.  Light change (first light or on dark but you need to be there before to set up), high quality baits and good rigs (fresh is best and match the "natural" food), sit on ground where fish are likely to forage (plenty of resources to give information about locations to target), good use of burley and be stealthy (don't spook the fish).

It takes work and there are probably more trips that miss than where you get the target species, but that is the fun in the hunt.

I see reports of inshore pinkies at this time of year, but my experience in North Perth inshore waters is that they come on in earnest after Easter.  You don't need to go far to get them.

Happy to chat at the shop in Wangara.  Mick   


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 Awesome thanks fellas. Ill

Wed, 2018-01-03 20:17

 Awesome thanks fellas. Ill try fresh bait if I can catch some, even the whiting are evading me at the moment. Are wrasse any good as they arent a problem to bring over the side. Thanks Mick Ill drop into the shop and pick your brain




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go speak to Ryan Thipthorp at

Sun, 2018-01-07 23:07

go speak to Ryan Thipthorp at Oceanside Tackle,,pink snapper guru for inshore pinkys and his staff are very knowledge also,,get the best info from guys that actually fish for em,, good luck m8

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Yellow tail

Mon, 2018-01-08 00:45

Head down by far best bait. Don't think to much into it. Small amount of burley regular. Otherwise you attract heaps of unwanted guests. Absolutely heaps around ATM . One location the sharks smash nearly every fish .( waste) I don't target them this time of year even thou there really big ,there condition isn't the best. 2 nd run in April different story . There in great condition. Good luck

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 I certainly am no expert and

Mon, 2018-01-08 09:52

 I certainly am no expert and only managed 4 or 5 good ones last year. But I went along to Ryan's info night at CPBA last year.

The things that stuck in my mind that he suggested.

Light change is good

Tide change is good

Light and tide change together is Awesome

Burley works but only if the fish are close, He said you must find the fish first and then the Burley helps to fire them up but it's a waste of time if the fish are not within range (I took this to be 100 meters ish)

Spots where you find them will work again at the same time of the year.

The following was directly off one of Ryan's slides (he does own a tackle shop though...):

How to successfully target pink snapper

  • Sounder, sounder, you must find the fish
  • Locate 2 likely spots holding fish
  • Anchor up away from fish and structure
  • use quality Sure Catch Sampi Burley
  • Gear ready to go including defrosted bait
  • Have a good selection of bait and artificials

I hope this helps...


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Find, anchor, burley

Mon, 2018-01-08 20:07

 I do nearly all my fishing drifting but go out prepared for anything. If I get a pink on a drift I throw anchor in burley and always get them. Works for me. Just gotta find em!