Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is on the NSW north coast, nestled between a high mountain backdrop and dozens of beautiful beaches. According to the CSIRO, Coffs Harbour has the most liveable climate in Australia. Fishing is big in Coffs and so is farming, a trip to Coffs wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Big Banana!

View from Muttonbird island looking back towards Coffs Harbour

View from Muttonbird island looking back towards Coffs Harbour


Snapper fishing offshore from Coffs Harbour or any spot along the N.S.W coast is a favorite with many anglers, I use two methods when targeting Snapper:

Fishing floaters:
The first is to Anchor up over reef or broken ground and gravel beds as Snapper feed across these areas, start a good burley trail of chopped pilchard and then fish with a floating rig. Cut you Pilchards in two so you have a tail bait and the head and gut bait, fish these down the burley trail. Add just enough lead to follow the burley as it sinks, a 2/0 circle hook and a size 1 ball sinker sitting right on the hook is about right but you may need more lead if there is more current. You can`t go past the Shimano Bait Runner 6000 OC spooled with Schneider Braid in 10kg and Aqua Tip 701 Snapper L - it's a perfect outfit for this type of fishing.

Drifting with Soft Plastics:
Drifting across reef with soft plastics is another way to target Snapper. You need to select the right jig head, I have found that 11gm to 14gm will suit in 20 to 40metres, you may need a heavier jig head if fishing deeper spots. Squidgies have a top range of plastics for Snapper, two favorites that I use are the Wrigglers in 120mm and 160mm and the Flick baits 110mm and 145mm. Start your drift at one end of the reef and allow your plastics to sink, once you have reach the bottom or close enough all that is needed is a simple lift of the rod tip to give the plastic life, allow to fall again and repeat but be ready as Snapper will slam your plastic hard, give this method a try you will be hooked. Outfit needed for this type of fishing is a Shimano Raider MF Snapper 762 5 to 8kg and Aernos FA 4000 spooled with 10kg Power pro braid or similar set up.

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