May 7, 2021
Ed note: After too long not fishing the gulf, it was great to get out for a full couple of days, and pretty much cover the entire inner gulf in search of some decent fishing with pristine autumnal weather allowing perhaps the last of the shorts and T shirts comfort. Fishing was steady and solid, never failing to provide a fairly easy feed of reasonable snapper with a bit of searching. Fishing in close around Waiheke, Rakino, east coast bays, and Kawau was actually pretty slow, with the anchovy schools and close – in workups all but non – existent. Resident fish were there in patches and any of the favourite fishing areas would yield the odd fish, including snapper, john dory, and trevally, plus the odd good roaming kingfish.
April 30, 2021
A rare ‘Pink Moon’ has been lighting up our night skies, and making waves with the corresponding huge tidal movements. The moon isn’t actually coloured pink but it is one of the two biggest and brightest moons of the year (closest to the earth), and good fishing action has been pretty in pink! From marlin within a day trip of Auckland out by Gt Barrier and the Mokohinau area, to workups in the gulf providing temporary thrills, late April and Early May is traditionally a top shelf time to be fishing even with the extra ‘brrr’ in the air we experience. Current air and water temperatures are good indicators to layer-up and hunt some solid fish, whatever your preferred target species. Marlin in May? Go get ‘em! off Oceans, Mokes/Hen and Chicks/Gt Barrier, 100m deep is plenty, trailer boat stuff or bigger, sworn to some secrecy but there’s been some pretty hot action, just sayin’. Usually right around now there’s a hot bite, just prior to these big bills heading out off shore, out of reach or recreational anglers.
April 23, 2021
Kahawai galore! BUT even these fish can be blinkered at times!? Yes the thrill of those powerful hook-ups and runs from mega kahawai are super fun, especially when they are thick in the water and hungry however even kahawai can be one eyed and ‘just say no’ at times. Trolling a little lure like a Lil’ Squidwings or reverse rigged microjig (trailing hook) is usually very effective but this week trolling was a no go, lots of followers but few takers, frustrating stuff. So a change of tactic to the microjigs worked vertically in the water coloumn, DISCO, fishes on! These prime fish, some well in roe are huge, and perfect fish for a big smoke-up over this ANZAC weekend.
April 15, 2021
Anchovies and pilchards real or the popular super-naturals of jigs and softbaits are the go bro! Those silvery slivers of anchovies are close inshore – how close? On land! Yes the fight for life includes anchovies beaching themselves in a last ditch effort to evade kahawai hunting them down and many others hard on their tailfins. Popping up in all sorts of local bays, places like the secluded sanctuary of Little Manly – where the unfortunate demise of a local boat this week, still partially submerged – perhaps providing temporary shelter for the anchovies?
April 12, 2021
Turbid inshore waters have cleared beautifully over the past few days, with fishing the shorelines and shallows early mornings or late evenings producing some very good fishing as a result.
April 1, 2021
Easter long weekend – a few days to play whether a stay-cation or heading away? Here’s an idea – Easter fishing, an excellent pastime to be included in the weekend’s leisure activities! It’s just after the full moon, there’s a good full tidal movement stirring the saltwater food chain up, it’s prime time of year with all sorts of piscatorial species out there, marlin, mahi, tuna – and closer in those thumping red snapper, kahawai and many more. This long weekend should definitely include some good fishing opportunities. Fish don’t have daylight saving changes so they won’t notice a thing this weekend as our NZ clocks are adjusted.