If you can manage to find a break in the weather (usually days with work commitments!) There have been good patches of fish around the 50-60m mark, Many reports of Snapper in the plus 20lb range. Seem to be some snapper also sitting around the 30m mark, There can be little sign on your sounder and the bite can take time to come on but be prepared to wait and some nice fish should come by. If you can its worth heading the extra distance to the 50-60m range as 1meter long Kingfish have also been caught bottom fishing over the sand.
Coromandel / Firth Report
The Mussel Harvesters are back in full swing now running 7 days a week, If you can find a spot in the berley trail best tactics are the soft plastics / lures or if your a bait fisherman straylining fresh mussels is a great way to target the bigger Snapper. Squid has been out-fishing pillys and bonito fishing in the farms making the chilly-bin fill up fast, The bait shops are recommending Mullet so its either on a offer to them at a good price or is working on the snapper, yet to see results for this!! Good fish are been caught drifting the channels, Slider jigs are also working well here. Finding the bigger kingfish in close is hard at the moment, also turning their nose to stickbaits and lures, Livebaiting is having the best success at the moment, hopefully the more mature fish will head in close.
Tauranga / Waihi Report
Good numbers of snapper in the 30-35m Depth, Dawn and Dusk are best, Keep it simple and stick to your flasher rigs. Head in close on the sand off Matakana Island (10-15M) and good numbers of Gurnard have been turning up.
Yes premature I know but I couldn’t help myself! Have been keeping my eye on a Good patch of warm water heading south towards Cape Reinga, Getting closer by the day, will keep you posted. A commercial fisherman reported many flying fish off the back of red mercury island end of October.