July 3, 2020
Tuna time! Yes, the Bluefin tuna run up the north-eastern coast is well underway with some stunning fish being caught recreationally – just a few hour’s drive from most North Island cities. And why is right now most excellent for tuna taming? That full moon, well known for the best tuna bite in town when’s it’s around. Half a chance, this could be your chance. As for what gear, that’s a good question and answers are as many as there are anglers. Multiple strikes and hook ups can make for the ultimate in hectic adrenaline fuelled panic and excitement so trolling with good gear is essential yet the only thing the tuna is interested in is your lure and there’s lots to choose from. A couple of good straight running lures, small to medium size on the riggers (like the 200gm Squidwings is ideal, a demo with trolling setup is in link below). It’s handy to have a no fuss no hassle lure out that’ll run well in all sorts of conditions from smooth to gnarly choppy water, which can be expected all in the same day right. Whatever weapons and ammunition you choose, make sure it’s in tip top order – this is big fish hunting and they can test everything to the limit. Enjoy the entire adventure if you do.
June 19, 2020
The Espresso Report June 19 2020 Last week’s bite seemed to parallel the tidal current. That is, a quick slow-down and move-away from the previous few days of excellent bite with the stronger tides. Workups headed out, well out and north of the gulf mainly. And generally gulf-wide the bite was much slower than at the start of the week, a noticeable and significant change. However, we are moving away from the big bright night light of a full moon, the tidal current starts to get more of a boogie-on…and just like that the Waitemata burst back into visible life – birds, birds, and more birds – with the main focus, fish!
June 11, 2020
Editor note: Having just spent two brilliant days out on the gulf it’s a pleasure to report some really great fishing action. It’s not been super easy, but when it does fire up, its fishing thick and fast. There are a few hints and tips that we found made a huge difference to getting good results this week.
June 4, 2020
Full moon and big tides are well known already by the snapper feeding in the shallows around various Auckland harbours, incredible sights as their dorsal spines flare well out of the water as they feed in the ultra-shallows, along with cormorants and any number of seabirds from terns, gulls, shearwaters to gannets and more, all keen on the early winter feasting. While winter may provide fewer days to fish in terms of weather, when the planets align it can simply be the BEST of times to go fishing!
May 29, 2020
A big black beautiful turtle turned up on Takapuna beach this week, Brydes (pronounced ‘Brooders’) whales were feeding just of Kawau, and a small pod of big Bottle Nose dolphins patrolled the Hibiscus Coast, Mother Nature always has something up her sleeve to keep us enthralled. There’s a pretty good window for fishing tomorrow (Sat 30th, and some good looking breaks later in the week; Wednesday - Tradies day off at this stage) with wind speeds right down to rather nice once the 09:30ish tide change and wind direction coincided, stunning. Lots of areas of slow bite, you know the type – the tentative tag at a lure but either just smaller snapper picking or simply no hookup, a very wintry feel to the gulf indeed.
May 21, 2020
It’s autumn feeding time for fish right now, with both air and water temperatures plummeting, fish need to feed up and store a little extra before the big hibernation hits when eating is more infrequent. This is a great time of year for fishing as the bite is often aggressive and fish are in good pre-winter condition having well finished spawning. Currently, the relatively shallower areas around the inner islands are prime targets for good sized snapper and they are being readily caught here when bite time is on. That is key though, as it can seem like it’s dead as a post, and then all of a sudden something changes and you can catch your limit in a very short space.