The water may be cooling down but the fishing isn’t slowing down. Good reports of people getting limits of snapper out deep (35-55mtr) with plenty of fat gurnard joining them in the bin. The inclose fishing has been good with some big resident snapper coming off second best to a well presented strayline bait, Heading to the rocks north past carters has been productive for this inclose stray lining, The harbour fishing has died off slightly but if you can brave the water plenty of flounder about at low tide with the drag net / spear, These are a welcome addition to the frying pan on these winter mornings,
Coromandel / Firth Report:
The snapper have been hard to read this month, Usually you can figure out a pattern on what’s the best bait / style of fishing. One day softbaits will be deadly while the baits are untouched but the next day they don’t even look at a softbait and the bait is going off, Even different types of bait are working best on different days squid one day then pillys bonito or mullet the next. Unfortunately this means you may have to purchase a few different baits and take the softbait or slowjig rod to see whats working on the day, (No the Bait shops haven’t paid me to write this!). The schooling Kahawai workups have made an appearance so have a heavy rig / slowjig ready that can hopefully get below the kahawai to the some big mooching snapper below, Otherwise the Kahawai are great fun on light tackle and is really exciting fast fishing for the kids.
Tauranga / Waihi Report
If you have the right boat and find a flat day I would suggest organizing a day out wide chasing hapuka / bluenose, There have been good numbers coming aboard this time of year, Use your sounder/ chart plotter and find those deep water pins with sign just of them. The snapper has been a bit slow but change of light around that 30m mark is producing some fish for the table, Patience is key as people putting out set-lines are getting good numbers but when fishing the rod it can be easy to move spot to early, Kingfishing has been slow in the harbour but the deeper water pins out around Mayor and plate island are still producing good fish with Jigs and livebaits.