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Hauraki Gulf

March 19, 2020
Autumn style snapper fishing and fish feeding is now on the aquatic agenda. Switched to ‘On’ mode means aggressive hits and no holds barred fish fights at times this week, so, let’s get ready to rrrummmblllllle! Lots and lots of bait over the more western side of the gulf, such an encouraging sight to see on the sounder. With gannets on the prowl over wide areas west of the gulf cable zone, baitfish hunkered down mid to low water all trying to be The Invisible Man. Dolphins either on yet another playtime smoko-break, or a full on hunt, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference with these seemingly happy-go-lucky wild companions.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

March 19, 2020
It looks like a pretty good weekend for fishing, particularly Sunday, with only 6 knot southerlies blowing, there’s plenty of good options for the gulf. There’s a good moon phase Saturday and Sunday, which moves into excellent on Monday, so anglers should have no excuses not to do well.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

March 6, 2020
Fast, faster and fastest. Fast bite times, fast paced workups, fast chasing dolphins, even faster birds, fastest are the baitfish?! Endeavouring to keep up with small attack pods of dolphins, with a handful of gannets seemingly tethered to them diving in exploratory angst each time the dolphins stop and try their hand at rounding up a bait-school.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

February 28, 2020
Ed note: NZ Fishing World has been out in the gulf for most of the week trying to find some more yellowfin tuna out behind Great Barrier. No luck there this time. We headed north of Barrier to the 155 and back towards the Mokes with no yellowfin, but were happy to make do with a consolation prize of albacore. These tasty little cousins were in quite close in about 120 metres so well within reach of the shelter of the Island. We didn’t hit any marlin, but could hear on the radio a blue was dropped not far away. The mighty Mokes were a welcome break from the trolling and we managed some really solid pannies on a pretty consistent bite just drifting off the north-east sides of Fanal Island and Maori Rocks. Strong currents meant big lures were needed, so 200 gram jigs and 150 gram plus kaburas did the job nicely. Interestingly, just as bite time kicked in around 6.00pm, there were huge workups with dolphins and gannets bursting up widespread between Little Barrier and Great Barrier, which looked like they would produce great fishing, but there was not a sign of any snapper under them. We fished the area even though the sounder was reading nothing, and sure enough just picked up the odd small fish. That has been a common experience out there lately, so workups do not necessarily translate to snapper at the moment. There’s a lot of bait sign out in the central gulf, so if you’re heading out it pays to fish and move on quickly if they are not biting. Once you do find some good sign it can all happen pretty quickly, so invest the time into searching with the sounder. Fishing around Rakino in the shallows also produced reasonable snapper. Here’s the Espresso Report:
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

February 21, 2020
Sizzling summer style fishing, long hot still days, cool inviting deep blue waters, and the gulf fishing? Well it’s come back on rather nicely from the lay-days of light bite lately. That big bright super-moon has cooled its heels, along with the tidal current making for extremely smooth days as far as the eye can see when the wind meanders around with nowhere it really needs to be. Stunning days out on the water. Snapper. Away from that slack low tide the bite has returned reasonably well considering, whether you are after some action out in the deeper gulf waters, or prefer to stay close, really close.
Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

February 21, 2020
The Espresso Report February 13, 2020. Waning Gibbous moon dominates the night sky and sea surface temperatures are soaring up and down the country, along with air temps for humans. This week’s super moon seems to have had a significant influence on fishing with most species having a bit of a fast from extended meals, very short sharp to the point style bite flurries has been more the norm.

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