Welcome to the Trolling Snapper Best Lures guide. I love fishing, and the endless bound of possibilities it presents. This might be trying a new location, targeting a new species or trying a new lure of techniques. I really enjoy the experimental side of fishing pushing you to continually learn new ways of catching fish. Recently I have become quite obsessed with trolling for saltwater species around Melbourne particularly snapper. Trolling both in my kayak and small runabout boat around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Contrary to popular belief snapper will not only feed on the bottom but also in middle and shallow depths. When they are feeding and in an aggressive mode trolling is a great option to catch them.
Feel free to also read our detailed guide on how to catch snapper in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port
Choosing a snapper trolling lure
This was my starting point which included visits to many local tackle stores to understand the lures available for this style of fishing. I quickly learnt that there are multiple important factors that you need to understand before choosing a lure.
Firstly, the diving depth of the lure is critical. When fishing on my kayak in port Phillip bay I’m often fishing in depths of 4-6 meters. So, having a trolling lure that dives down to around 3 meters is ideal. . Having one dive down to 8 meters would be pointless as it would simply be dragging on the bottom. Especially considering that I don’t have downriggers on my kayak and boat and many others won’t either. Many TV shows and documents will show expensive boats completely kitted out with the best available tools but let’s face it most of us don’t have or can’t afford those luxuries
Next its important to select the right size lure. Most deep diving lures are between 40mm and 120mm. However, around Melbourne that larger-scale sizes are probably too big.
The best trolling lures for snapper
Halco Poltergeist 50
This is a very versatile trolling lure at slow speeds can get you down to 3 meters using the 50mm version down to 5 meters using the 80mm versions. These were designed with Barramundi in mind and have a range of bright colours however they also work very well on slat water species such as snapper https://www.halcotackle.com/products/poltergeist-50/
Savage Gear 3D Shrimp XD Extra deep
This is a prawn XD a small hard body lure with realistic colours imitating a shrimp with a larger bib that will get you down to about 3 meters deep. This is an extremely good choice for flathead and pinkies in waters between 3-5 meters deep https://www.bcf.com.au/p/savage-3d-shrimp-extra-deep-runner-hard-body-lure-5cm-sand-shrimp-5cm-4.8g/543161.html
GM Gillies Classic Dr evil
This is a 90mm hard body lure with some cool colours that dives down to 7 meters or 20 foot. http://www.jmgillies.com.au/product/dr-evil/
Daiwa double clutch
This is an extremely popular lure more known in the bream and trout scene. However, the larger models such as the 75mm and the 95mm can get down to 2 meters and can be effective over shallow reefs and flats for snapper. https://daiwafishing.com.au/products/pros-double-clutch-izm
Rapala X-Rap magnum
This lure is often associated with bigger game fishing but the 100mm and 1100 mm versions can be an ideal choice for snapper. There are realistic colours choices and quality finishing that makes this another great choice https://www.bcf.com.au/p/rapala-x-rap-magnum-10-hard-body-lure-11cm/M274070.html
Other great snapper trolling lures
- OSP Powerdunk – https://osp-lures.com/product/power-dunk-sp/
- Luckycraft pointer 65 XD – http://www.luckycraft.com/luckycrafthome/Products/jerkbait/pointer65xd.htm
- Rapala shadow rap deep – https://www.rapala.com/rapala/lures/shadow-rap-series/shadow-rap-deep-/Shadow+Rap+Deep.html
- Daiwa Spike – https://daiwafishing.com.au/products/tournament-spike-53sp-2
- Derek Tango shad – http://www.wilsonfishing.com/Products/Lures/Zerek-Innovation-Lures/Tango-Shad-50
How to pick the right colour when choosing a trolling lure
Generally, my first choice is always a natural colour. Often going for blues and silvers that mimick a bait fish or pilchard. The red and whites continue to be very popular choices.
Rod and Tackle selection for trolling.
When trolling for snapper in inshore waters my goto is a 3-6 kilo spin rod coupled with a 3000 reel spooled with 10-15 pound braid and 15-20 pound fluorocarbon leader. When fishing offshore this is stepped up to heavier rod, reel, line and leader.
Final notes from the author
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