The west coast is still fishing well, Might have to take a swandri and beanie to keep warm but once the fog lifts and you’ve lost the feeling in your toes its time to hook into some good numbers of snapper, Plenty of kahawai schools around at the moment so if you pick up a few of them first the snapper can resist a fresh slap of them, Even though the fish are being caught in 57m there are good fish at your feet before heading out wide, 8-20meters is fishing hot with good gurnard making an appearance also. Black Rock is fishing well with Club member Graham Hurbert sending in these photos from two different trips, Crew member Renee Doig caught this 8.32kg beauty snapper in 10m at blackrock, she also topped the day off with a 12lb & 14lb snapper.
On another trip crew member Matt Shaw got this impressive snapper back at black rock, Thanks for the report and photos Graham, Looks like the Vessel Barbara Dawn has been doing a great job getting to the fish.
Kingfish great to target this time of year, grab yourself a few rapala’s and tow them around the coro islands and structure, This did the damage on a few kingfish weighed in our Fish City Big Four Comp, They are present in the farms but hard to entice a bite, even turning their nose to some nicely presented live baits. The farms are producing good numbers of snapper once you find them, This time of year if your not onto them in 20mins its worth unhooking from he mussel float and trying a different spot in the farms, Natural colored softbait’s are working well with the crazy-leg style baits with lots of movement working belt, If you are the traditional bait angler then squid or mullet seem to be bringing in the bigger fish but bonito working well if you just want to grab your 7 pannie snapper, East coast of coromandel has been fishing well around 30mtr on the drift.
Waihi / Tauranga Report:
If you find a gap in the weather and have the boat to do the distance then plate island is the place to head, Kingfish are hot on the bite taking jigs and stickbaits, Try for some fresh bait and a big strayline rig with burley are bringing the Kelpy snapper out for a feed. Gurnard are heating up along Matakana Island, Which would be my first pick for a date with the hot pan and some butter. The harbour has been a touch quiet but always worth dragging the net for a feed of flounder or mullet.