November 27, 2020
Extremes of weather combined with a feast or famine fish bite this past week has meant more of a ‘shotgun’ approach to catching fish has been required. Big and small, aggressive and passive lure fishing has been required, all on the same day - to come home king of the jungle. November is simply an outstanding month to be fishing, from gurnard to kingfish and all those in between, most are keen to oblige with a strike or three! Gurnard are being caught in all sorts of depths like the open areas of 30-45m but also right in by the Noises and Firth of Thames, a fantastic fish. Gurnard will take on surprisingly big lures at times – but the main thing is to keep your lure in the bottom few metres, with smaller, gradual actions, allowing the gurnard to stalk and pounce on your offering.
November 20, 2020
Rollercoaster rides of fortune have been the norm out fishing the Hauraki Gulf lately, from simply superb to scratching of heads – where’s the fish!?
November 11, 2020
The Hauraki Gulf. It’s awesome man! Spring really has just ignited out there. Whales, dolphin, gannets, snapper and kingfish are all going hard, or have been over the last few days anyway. Where, you say? Well pretty much everywhere. Kingfish are aggressively feeding at all the usual locations in the gulf you would expect to find them. Flat rock, Anchorite, Channel Island, and feeding around the bait in many of the workups that are spread across the gulf currently.
October 30, 2020
Better weather, better fishing, better be out there! What a great start to the season over Labour Weekend with hundreds of boats enjoying the Hauraki Gulf including the armada of yachts up and down the coast along with most of those that could - out and about getting into their fishing. Good activity and some excellent catches of snapper, kahawai, kingfish, John Dory, some gurnard too. A slowing down or tightening of the bite time could be on the cards as the full moon effect comes into force over the next few days. However there is good fishing to be had for sure. The overriding urge to feed is strong right now and there is plenty of bounty waiting.
October 23, 2020
Ed note: Espresso has been so busy out there fishing, that we are bringing you a report recorded on Facebook. Here’s the link:
October 16, 2020
Better weather, increased air and water temperatures, add in the inevitable need to breed – and of course to feed, it all aligns the for an enjoyable and rewarding day out fishing! The Firth of Thames has had the most attention for several days and has been a pretty good bet. The visuals of gannets diving is always a thrill. Best to just fish the area however, rather than chase small flurries over a wide mid-Firth area, particularly when the dolphins are much further out and not in amongst the Firth bait lately.