These days more and more anglers are choosing to release some or all of their snapper (especially the bigger fish). If you choose to release snapper after you’ve caught enough for a feed or because you’re into catch & release sportfishing, there are a few tips to to maximise the survival of the fish you release.The first point to realise is that snapper are a highly resilient species well suited to catch & release fishing. DPI research indicates high survival rates for released snapper, even those caught out of deep water. The keys to snapper survival are minimising hook damage and getting the fish back to depth as quickly as possible.
The good news is that recreational fishers can do both these things simply and easily.First up is to target snapper either with lures or to use circle hooks if you’re fishing with bait. Lures – be they soft plastics, jigs or hard bodied divers – tend to hook fish in and around the mouth area. This significantly reduces the risk of internal injuries from deep hooking, meaning the fish you release have increased survival rates. Serrated Square Washer
April is an excellent month to chase a feed of the fish and crustaceans available …
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