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Hauraki Gulf

January 23, 2020
Pink tides and blue-light nights, yes Mother Nature sure is putting on her summer displays in all areas out there on the briny with new shows opening daily. Workups, top water kingfish, tuna, marlin, and snapper thrills ‘n spills are all on the program depending on what show you’re looking for. Kingfish on top – some good kingfish action lately out there with some great sizes too, out wider in the gulf has seen better rewards this week than previously, and best to get up early and get out there though, midday doldrums has seen many hours of little action between full on feed modes, timing seems to be the most important thing at the moment so make note of the bites times for your runs out, and casting times.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

January 9, 2020
With everything wind-wise from variable (yes there were several minutes of this!) to thumping Sou’westers, predictions of 20-30kts quickly turn to nudging 50kts in the outer gulf lately. Not the place to be fishing at the time, but times for fishing there have been and many more are to come. Snow falls in summer this week down South and even snapper caught in Otago on the Lil’ Squidwings no less! Global warming? Out over the open areas of the Gulf, the sea life continues about their ways, no matter what hits our computer headlines, and surprisingly, good snapper are there to be caught over the general ‘paddocks’ for the first time in a while now.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

January 9, 2020
Snapper are AWOL no more! The general bite returned well over the New Year handover, a welcome change from the tentative feeding just prior. Snapper, kingfish and most species seemed to get with the New Year cheer and provide excitement, thrills and spills for the majority of holiday fishing. Sunshine and some calm days, what a fabulous start to 2020 we are experiencing.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

December 20, 2019
Let your summer fishing adventures commence! The New Zealand Christmas trees are bursting with their abundant red-nose blossoms and the Tuis are dive-bombing Wood Pigeons just for kicks, the Summer months are upon us and summer fishing style is well underway. Both east and west coast of the North Island have claimed their first 2020 season marlin, so the big- gamers are on notice while the local snapper are in the midst of breeding so short attention spans are prevalent, kingfish are doing what kingfish do – opening eyes wide with their incredible power on the end of the line whether jigging or top-water.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

December 19, 2019
Snapper are in full-on breeding mode the evidence is overwhelming some days with their gulf-wide typical behaviour i.e. much ignoring of you and your offerings at the end of the line, here there and everywhere despite fantastic sounder sign. However, when there’s a spark like a workup or fracas of some kind they can avert their attention long enough for a bite or three, and then the feeding can be voracious, generally shorter bite times and add that full moon into the mix, it can make for polar opposites in bite interest in a very short space of time.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

December 19, 2019
That lunar cup is filling up along with a significant slowing down of tidal current, those fish bins should transform and be true to their name over the next several days, the fishing is back to its position of ‘good’. Inner to mid-gulf workups or drifting out wider in 50m (even with no mammals in sight), or in close with little soft-baits and smaller sized boats/kayaks/jetskis all are a pretty good bets right now for snapper fishing.

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