Snapper fishing is one of the more popular types of fishing among saltwater anglers. Why? Well… there is a large variety of snapper species. Over 100 species in all. Snappers are fun fish to catch. Best of all, most snapper species make for terrific eating!
Catching snapper requires having the right gear, bait and fishing technique. Anglers targeting snapper inshore in shallow waters will do fine with light spinning tackle. For deeper waters, conventional gear is more appropriate. The tackle and fishing technique used to catch snapper really depends on the specific snapper species being targeted and the depth of the water being fished.
If you want to improve your catch rate and increase your odds of catching larger snapper, use a snapper rig to present your bait in a natural way that entices snappers to bite. There are various snapper rigs. Which rig you use will depend on the specific snapper species you’re targeting and your method of fishing. Below we’ve listed the top rigs used for snapper fishing.
A surf fishing rig used to catch a large variety of fishing including stripers and redfish
Ideal for still fishing or drift fishing the bottom for light biting fish such as walleye
A versatile rig for fishing natural or artificial bait from shallow to deep water
A 15-25′ sea fishing rig ideal for fishing snappers that are relucantant to bite