September 18, 2020
Early breeding signs are loud and clear with kahawai getting those little bruise-bite marks and starting to roe-up. Also, gurnard and John Dory are starting their roe-ing, evidenced this week in a number of these stunning fish.
September 10, 2020
Flash mobs have been captivating the fishing action out there this week, a welcome respite from the dulling down of fishing action due to that full moon and lack of tidal current, as expected – that moon and southerly really put the shiver on most fishing, and the sea state. 30kt southerly wind against tide can get ‘choppy’ which made for a slow bite for several days. However good news - the bite returned this week with widely scattered action stations around the gulf, set to continue in the short term – so what does this mean for our fishing?
September 3, 2020
Spring happened – and haven’t the signs have been loud and clear! Wild weather, with more wildness in the wilderness to come. Storm blasts, cold winds yet all the while the average temperatures are on the upswing, believe it or not. September is a month full of promises, some kept, some delayed. Snapper are out wide, those out of the gulf in winter stayover mode are getting their calling cards right now, time to make the pilgrimage back into shallower, warmer water where annual breeding beckons. The front runners are usually just a few weeks away now – big males ready to stake their claim. The gulf’s winter snapper residents are in the midst of yawning, waking up and working up an appetite.
August 28, 2020
So close to being able to get back out in our boats again. In the meantime, landbased sessions, kayakers and kayaks are getting a LOT of attention online here and overseas, surging in interest with the current worldwide ‘stay local’ scenario. With the combination of either convenient fishing at the closest waterway, to “offshore adventures” via a Mothership and a bunch of mates - your pick of destination. ‘Local’ offshore locations like the Mokohinau islands, Gt Barrier and much more is readily accessible, inexpensive and the fishing can be spectacular! Bait free fishing with jigs and softbaits at it’s finest and the rewards can be exceptional, all from a kayak. The world is changing.
July 31, 2020
The Espresso Report: Shoreline anglers have been doing notably well this past week, in typical mid-winter style. Whether soft-baiting first thing in the morning on a jetski (sheer speed on calm water allows for offshore shorelines too), or a bit of straylining around the urban reaches easily enjoyed via the trusty 12ft tinny, or similar. It never ceases to surprise and thrill – heading home with some prime winter snapper, maybe a gurnard or two even a couple of kahawai thrown in for good measure, all from within easy eyesight of the SkyTower and the hum of city life and traffic. Good times to be had fishing on the right day in winter.
July 23, 2020
The Espresso Report: Full steam ahead with all things fishing – by land, sea or otherwise! First up – how about catching up at the Ti Rakau Drive Boat Show in Auckland this Fri/Sat/Sun, the best alternative if you’re not actually out catching fish on all of the next few days. The big jig tank from Catch Fishing will be there of course, so you can see what the fish see, the deep water lure action from what you do to your rod/reel – right in front of your face. See for yourself the difference great tackle and presentation makes and why fish would aggressively strike your lure, or not!