How to Fishing for White Snapper, Try This
The white snapper habitat in the sea likes water with a depth of 2-8 meters, rocky/reef, concrete/bamboo tunnels or around mangrove roots right on the edge of the sea. For a depth of 10 meters it can still be inhabited by Snapper as long as there are large FADs such as shipwrecks or others.
River estuaries and rivers adjacent to the sea are also favored especially by large baboon snapper fish. Because it looks like they mate and lay their eggs in a river that flows directly into the sea.
The fishing method for white snapper is very much different from the red snapper fishing technique. Barramundi is known as a fish that is hard to hook because of its sensitivity and caution. So big criminals are often called the Snapper class because they are hard to catch. The petty criminals are called the Teri class because just one scoop can get a lot. Hehehe.....
There are 2 types of Barramundi fish, they differ only in their eyes. The first is clear brown eyes without pupils, if exposed to light they can light up and are usually active at night. Both barramundi fish with pupils like other fish in general.
Snapper feeding time usually starts at 16.00-17.00 where the sea breeze begins to fade, then the wind changes to land breeze for a while then east wind. As long as the wind isn't too strong, Snapper fish still want to eat. Around 23.00-24.00 when the wind changes to the southeast so that the snapper stops eating until the wind from the east appears again around 03.00-04.00 until 08.00. If the wind is still good, sometimes there are snapper fish that want to eat.
Water conditions also affect. When the tide rises, Snapper likes to eat. When the water is full, Snapper fish are less eager to eat. When the water drops and the max is at the bottom point the Snapper starts eating again. In slow water conditions (there is a thin layer of moss/plankton on the surface) Snapper fish rarely want to eat. This is because the moving kenur will cause a kind of light on the surface to make the snapper fish away.
The bait used for snapper fishing is generally White Shrimp. In addition to being stronger in swimming than the Tenger Shrimp, the white-eyed shrimp will light up in the water at night. In addition to using mullets but this must be in full control because these fish like to enter between rocks / FADs. The mullet is used when there is a moon because Snapper eats on the surface. Sometimes Betik/Betok or Mujahir Tambak fish are also used as bait. Betok bait is used for fishing for Pomah Snapper (home). This pomah snapper is usually large because he lives permanently in one place or has his own territory.
The traditional way of fishing for snapper is using white shrimp bait, usually with a fishing rod around 7', which can be carbon or bamboo, connecting fiber at the end. What is clear must be Fast Action. Kenur mono standard 25lb. Hook, for Mustad Saltwater use number 1 or 2.
Tie the hook with a twist of about 15-20cm. Prick the hook on the side of the tail segment until it penetrates to the side. There is no need to add weight except for fishing in FADs or when the current is rather strong, you can add just a little tin.
If fishing for snapper using a reel, the reel fence (bail arm) must always be opened. This is because the kenur must continue to stretch freely following the swimming movements of the shrimp. Set the kenur out using your finger. It would be easier if you use kelosan/bendrong. Be careful in pressing the kenur out, not too tight because when the shrimp is struck by the snapper the kenur will stretch out quickly.
The character of the snapper when grabbing the prawns is usually taken away immediately, but the prawns are still clamped to the lips with the head positioned in the mouth. If during the first strike the kenur is slightly choked by a finger, this shrimp will be immediately released by Kakap, and if this happens replace the shrimp with new shrimp. When Snapper first grabs the shrimp, the shrimp's sword will be broken. Based on experience, Kakap is no longer interested in grabbing prawns with a broken sword.
So the technique stretches out during the first strike from Snapper. A moment later, the helping will stop. The snapper stopped to put the whole prawn in his mouth/chew. At this time we very slowly roll up the kenur so that it doesn't get too slack. After the shrimp enters the mouth, Snapper will walk again. This is the right moment for snapping the fishing rod.
Sometimes there is Snapper grabbing and running without stopping. Wait for about 5-8 seconds, if the fish doesn't stop, it can snap right away. Also be aware of the plethora of ways to eat large Snapper. He will suck hard, but only swim short. Then the snapper walks again but slowly. Get ready to fight for a long time. Sometimes there is also a snapper eating with a big straw, but after that the snapper doesn't walk around, meaning it's a big grouper. Try to fight (other than in FADs) the rod stays upright with the aim that the kenur is not hit by the side of the Snapper's gills which are sharp like a knife. Snapper fishing using minnow. Choose a minnow type of deep diver with a slim body. Usually minnow for Snapper is slightly curved downward like a shrimp.