SPECIES ID AND FISHING RULES
Learn more about how to identify golden snapper, where to find them, and their feeding preferences here: SPECIES ID - GOLDEN SNAPPER
Limit your catch, don't catch your limit. Please check the latest rules and catch limits in your area on the MPI website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/fishing-rules/
The hardest thing about hunting golden snapper (‘goldie’s’) is finding them and then being able to dive to any depth, as most spearing of them is past the 25m mark.
Once spotted though they are very easy to spear and most people keep their goldie spot well-guarded. A kill shot is paramount when targeting golden snapper as a snapper thrashing around will send the other goldies deeper, making it more dangerous for the freediver to hunt.
Deep diving on weed lines can lead to blackouts and or even death. Before attempting to hunt these fish - one should always seek advice and ensure that he/she has adequate experience.