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Leader for big snapper

Postby frappa11 » 31 Oct 2018, 23:57

What lb leader for big snapper ?

I just hooked up to what I thought was a big one - but very quickly the snapper bit cleanly through my 30lb black magic leader - this was not a knot the leader was sliced clean through near the hook.

What lb should I use (or any other measure ?) to reduce the changes of this happening ?

Is there a common lb that snapper dont bit through ?
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Re: Leader for big snapper

Postby vicyak » 01 Nov 2018, 11:23

I've up my leader from 20lb to 30lb after loosing a few 6kg+ fish. Will go back down to 20lb end of November.

Answer is though is depending where you fish and the terrain your over. If fishing on reef/rocks you could go higher. However the thicker your leader there is a chance of less action. You can also get more abrasion resistant leader as well.
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Re: Leader for big snapper

Postby maverick » 01 Nov 2018, 11:57

New season fish tend to have sharper teeth as well. I go up to 15lb now and drop back to 12lb using the sp's. Perhaps 20lb if I am bait fishing - erggh.

Might not have been a snapper either.
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Re: Leader for big snapper

Postby Kiwidundee » 01 Nov 2018, 12:46

I have never been bitten of by a snapper...touch wood. In PPB I use 20 to 40 lb depending on the main line strength I'm using and the fish I'm expecting to catch.
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Re: Leader for big snapper

Postby frappa11 » 01 Nov 2018, 14:00

Well this was at rickets around 7pm during the bite window when lots of larger pinkies were biting - bait was a pilly tail.

I think I had 2 head shakes early on as well but it went so fast I was stunned how quickly it happened. Made the boaties look at me when I kept screaming obscenities.

Anyway I will run 30lb on 1 rod and 40lb on the other. Hope thats enough.

maverick wrote:New season fish tend to have sharper teeth as well. I go up to 15lb now and drop back to 12lb using the sp's. Perhaps 20lb if I am bait fishing - erggh.

Might not have been a snapper either.
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Re: Leader for big snapper

Postby laneends » 01 Nov 2018, 14:05

Then its a pain when you snag up with big leaders
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Re: Leader for big snapper

Postby peatop » 01 Nov 2018, 16:34

What leader material are you using? I use fluoro its much more resistant to abrasion and bitting off also circle hooks can help, another is snelled hooks, i was using 15lb fluoro for my terminal snapper rig but after having many issues with knot breakages i moved to 20lb as i lost faith in the suppliers supply of 15lb :cry: i personally think anything above 20lb this early before they are fighting over their food might not get as many hits, however it's a case of better to catch one than loose 20 ;) thinking back I've lost the bottom hook in a snelled rig.
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