Interestingly, as more and more anglers start playing around with catching reds on rubbers, some great peripheral fisheries are also emerging. Up north, pearl perch, tusk fish, jewies and teraglin are just a few of the ‘extras’ now showing up with increasing frequency on bottom-fished plastics aimed at snapper, while in the south, morwong, nannygai, trumpeter, gurnard, flathead and the like can be added to that list, along with a bunch of less desirable regulars including sergeant baker, red rock cod and pike. Over the in the West, the highly-prized dhufish is also showing a fondness for Squidgies, while pelagics everywhere — from mackerel and cobia to kings and amberjacks — frequently crash the party. All these ‘bonus’ species simply magnify the attractions of bouncing Squidgies in offshore waters, and help to ensure that the snapper-based soft plastic boom will be a long-lasting one.
One of the main reasons for this is the fact that catching snapper on plastics is a heck of a lot more than a novelty, a passing fad or a gimmick. Sure, we all get a buzz out of taking a new or unusual species on a lure, and it can be fun to score an unexpected whiting, blackfish, mullet, leatherjacket or flounder on a chunk of plastic while targeting something more ‘mainstream’. However, this isn’t what snappering with plastics is really about. As a technique, it’s a lot more than an accident. It’s actually an effective strategy that — on its day — can match or even surpass the results recorded by bait fishers. Trust me… it’s true!
In Part 2 we’ll look at the tackle ant tactics needed to regularly catch snapper on Squidgies.