Good numbers of kingfish at 21, 23 and Gannet island, Mainly rats this time of year but the earlier / change of light time has been producing some good legal fish. Livebaits are also bringing in the bigger fish, Jigging is good fun and practice with the rats hard to miss, Snapper fishing has had mixed reports, the fish don’t seem to be on the move, anywhere from 30-60mtr is filling the bin up, patience is needed as they are not always on the bite straight away. some nice size snapper are being caught at Gannet stay-lining over the structure. Mahimahi have arrived from 60M out, if you see them jumping around a small stickbait or softbait will do the damage, great fun on the lighter gear, Be careful handling these fish in the boat they are known to jump around and cause a few injury’s.
Firth / Coromandel Report
The farms are fishing well over the past weeks, Remember the big snapper are feeding on mussels so its not silly to stop in at pak n save to grab some fresh ones for bait or grab a few off the buoys (yes these don’t get harvested by the commercial boats, Public welcome to grab them) Make sure you take some elastic cotton to hold them on the hook and stray line them down the burley trail, Great time of year to chase the large snapper around the coast towards Port Jackson and Fletcher bay, Plently of burley plus change of light and you migh just pick out that 20lb coro horse snapper.
Game Fishing Report
The Billfish have been consistent from Whitianga to Waihau bay plenty of 100kg strip Marlin caught from 100mtr out. the change of tide has been a good bite time for this coast, the Odd blue marlin showing up also with a few good ones weighed in at Tauranga. The mighty west coast is fishing great and has us all very excited for One-base, Good patches of bait hanging around 80m south of raglan with multible boats hooking up in this area, More action around the 120m mark also, The light blue/ silver natural coloured lures have been popular along with the Pakula Lumo Sprocket. Trolling livebaits at around 1-3 knots around the bait schools is also a great way to raise a fish, match with bait with the feed is never a silly idea.