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Snapper on the fly

Postby windy_kid » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:33 pm

Snuck out in the arvo last week to my secret snapper spot to have a cast with the fly rod. I've caught plenty of snapper in the same spot with plastics but I wanted to try and get one on the fly.

I was on mum's stand up paddle board which I find easier to cast from because there is nothing to get the fly line caught on(it's sort of like a kayak, right?). Got out to the spot and started casting up current and letting the fly drift down slowly to the bottom at about 4-5 meters where I thought the fish would be holding. I probably don't have the right line for fishing this depth, it's just a floating one, so I left it for a bit longer so it could get to the bottom all the while keeping in touch with the line and giving a few twitches.

After doing this for about 20 min I got a hit and was able to set the hook. At first I thought it was a small bream because he kept on swimming towards me and couldn't keep the line tight. After he got close to the surface he took a bit of line.
I was super stoked on getting my first snapper on the fly, 36cm. Not massive by any means but it's a start. I know there are bigger ones out there.

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I got another hit after that but it was as I was putting the rod down to paddle back to reposition myself and I didn't set the hook. Oh well, next time :smi:

Has anyone else had any experience targeting snapper on fly?
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Re: Snapper on the fly

Postby Jamie D » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:40 pm

Fly fishing from a paddle board and getting snapper, I'm impressed , great methods and capture
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Re: Snapper on the fly

Postby windy_kid » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:46 pm

Jamie D wrote:Fly fishing from a paddle board and getting snapper, I'm impressed , great methods and capture

Haha, thanks. I started out fishing from the paddle board last year. That was in winter though, when there was no wind. Any wind above 3 or 4kts and it's a rubbish way to fish. It is a really quick way to get on the water because I can carry everything from my front yard to the water. Still can't beat the kayak for an allround fishing platform.
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Re: Snapper on the fly

Postby arpie » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:03 pm

Woohoo!! Awesome!! OMG! From a Paddle Board,too!! Some people are actually setting up their Paddle Boards as dedicated fishing platforms - I reckon I'd find myself IN the water more often than on it! :lol:

Well done on your first snapper!! That is terrific!

Have you ever watched Big Angry Fish (the NZ dudes who hook mega snapper & kingies on bait, lures & fly ....) They have caught some massive snapper on fly in quite shallow water in the bays of northern NZ. Check 'em out when they are on TV again

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Re: Snapper on the fly

Postby justforfun » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:34 pm

Well done keep up the good work .cheers Justforfun
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Re: Snapper on the fly

Postby Freewily » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:16 pm

Well done. I have wanted to get my fly rod out offshore but haven't yet. Should do it soon as I have the gear for it. :grin:
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