October 21, 2021
Ed note: Having been out and about this week, the fishing pretty much anywhere around Kawau is really firing up, with plenty of good sized pannies around 40 – 45 cms being caught from the mouth of the North Channel right down the east coast. You’ll find fish from 15 to 40 metres, and there don’t have to be that many on the sounder for a good drift to produce plenty of consistent action.
October 15, 2021
Grunty gurnard are in and over the sand between Rangitoto and the North Shore Bays, so even when there’s a SW wind – combine with an outgoing tide and you have ingredients for several hours of good fishing. You’ll probably have to put up with by-catch of snapper, not such a bad thing right.
October 7, 2021
Back fishing in the Hauraki Gulf! Where are the fish? Read on to find out. Ed Note: Being Auckland based, I must say it was awesome to get back out on the water yesterday. The crowds of like minded boaties were there but it was not too bad, and weather conditions gave us a pretty reasonable ‘opening day’ crack at it, until late afternoon at least.With no recent on-water reports to go on, we took a gamble based on previous year’s activity and headed from Okahu Bay out past Rangi, with a view to fishing either side of the cable zone and making our way towards Kawau and Flat Rock.We had a successful day with three on board easily achieving the modest limit of seven snapper each. I say modest, as most of the snapper were on the smaller side, with a lot of aggressive fish around 35cm, even hitting bigger kingfish jigs. There was the odd good 3 kilo fish in there though, and so end result was a solid feed. We were using lures exclusively as per usual, and everything from kaburas, soft baits, and slow pitch jigs were working. Here’s what we found and where.
September 9, 2021
Life in the slow lane for many, Auckland in particular, level 4 lockdown, ‘fortunately’ the weather has been absolute crud for being out in the open gulf waters, muffling temptation. Some seriously skinny isobar stuff too, over 100kph winds make for extremely poor conditions for most things outdoors, just right for being tucked up safe and sound at home, maybe tinkering with fishing things or enjoying the local land-based approach for a fishing fix (see link below), or continue to delve into the online world of all things fishing. Hail storm maelstrom, brilliant sunshine, momentary calms then banger winds thumping in, ah yes Spring it is! Spring is not calm serene scene, it is a time of major change, not too much dead wood (nature’s), and a good time to take a hint from her, get rid of the old unused fishing tackle – time to donate to a novice neighbour, a niece or nephew…most everyone can remember when fishing was ignited within, pass it on.
August 13, 2021
Wild and woolly weather, mostly, but there are still lots of those ‘weird’ pauses when you suddenly realize all is so very still, ‘not a breath of wind?’ Why aren’t I fishing?! Tide changes and offshore wind direction (from land out towards sea) especially when tide is out-going early morning say, can provide little windows of excellent calm, good fishing conditions particularly close inshore with a hill behind you providing a bit of a wind barrier, great for windy winter land-based, kayak even ski fishing.
August 6, 2021
This week we feature a little video from Grant on how to use inchiku jigs that are so effective at this time of year. Check out the video, and go try the lures out in the zone. Typical hit and miss winter conditions mean fishing is never guaranteed out there in the gulf at the moment. But, you can be assured there are plenty of good fish out there when you do hit the right area at the right time. What was there yesterday may not be there today, same time same place, but the fish do tend to hold in the zones where fishing has been solid, and you just have to be patient and wait for the bite to come on.