Snapper on poppers!

WELL-known cricketer and fishing fanatic Dom Thornely made a recent trip to Seal Rocks on the NSW Mid-North Coast. As Thornely explains, this trip was anything but ordinary, for all the right reasons!    

“I headed up to Seal Rocks from Port Stephens mid week for a shot at some snapper with a few mates. I was also keen to throw some early morning stickballs at the resident kings to see if I could find any surface activity,” says Thornely.

“Only a day prior I was chatting to a local tackle store owner about some local snapper appearing on the surface and I thought that would be good to see.

“Well, a dozen casts in with a Halco popper and I hear the sounds of surface fish 15 metres in front of the boat. I couldn’t believe I was seeing a dozen big Snapper on the surface smashing a bait ball. Given I had the popper in hand I flicked the popper into the hole, and bang, hooked up the moment it hit the water!

“End result an 82cm red on a popper. Skull dragged him in on kingy gear and looked at the boys in complete laughter. We couldn’t believe what just happened let alone only discussed it the day prior.”

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Not something you see everyday, a snapper caught on a popper!

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