Two incredible snapper recaptures!


NSW DPI Fisheres has revealed that fisheries manager and Fishing World writer Chris Cleaver has recaptured two different snapper that he originally tagged.

The first recaptured snapper was originally tagged on 17 October 2019 and was measured at 72cm total length. Fast forward 330 days and upon recapture the fish measured 78.5cm, highlighting an impressive growth rate for a mature fish.

The second recaptured snapper was originally tagged on 8 May 2020 and was measured at 73cm total length. Chris recaptured the fish only 134 days later on 19 September 2020. This fish measured 77cm.


Both fish were originally caught on the South Coast of NSW and both were recaptured within 1km of their original release location, showing that some snapper tend to be resident fish.

It should be mentioned that both of these fish were re-released again using a release weight. Could Chris catch one of them for a third time, or will it be another angler who gets to encounter one of these impressive reds?

NSW DPI Fisheries says these recaptures highlight that snapper are a resilient species that are well suited to catch and release fishing, provided they’re handled with care.

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