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Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

February 26, 2021
In my twenty years as part of Counties Sport Fishing Club I’ve never seen anything like this. It seems that every day there is a marlin story better than the day before. The year started off with reports of a marlin or two getting tagged & released. The fish were generally small – around the 70 to 80kg mark and most were released so there were only stories. No physical evidence there to make me think something was brewing. But the stories were persistent, multiple hookups of small fish. A few striped marlin started coming into the weigh station and it was becoming apparent that the stories were true. A little bit of rough weather kept boats on front lawns but soon the weather cleared and all of a sudden there were big fish getting weighed and tagged. There were boats coming in without fish for sure but they usually had stories to tell. One boat load of seasoned game fishermen told of how each of their 5 lures were hit without a single hook up. Reports of two caught marlin in a day were getting common place.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

January 8, 2021
Brief update to the Dec/Jan report: As we expect for this time of year, gamefish are being caught out at the 110 metre mark and thereabouts. So far they are mostly small at under 90kg, but you never know when the bigger specimens will appear. We haven't seen any, but haven't been looking either. As far as snapper go, we've been getting good fish in at only 12 metres. I got a few nice fish there on the Catch motor oil softbaits. Great action on those!
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

December 18, 2020
For me one of the most important factors when fishing the harbour – apart from the weather of course – are the tides. At this time of the year, they become even more important as the long days allow you to capitalise on the low evening tides as described below. Understanding tides is very important from both a safety and convenience point of view and also to help improve on our fishing success.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

November 20, 2020
Right now, the west coast is fishing really well for snapper. Last Saturday we fished at 55m and apart from two gurnard we only caught snapper. One after another. Using light gear and a slow retrieve we were able to return plenty that were still in great condition and they powered away straight down in to the depths. Two other boats that were out that day fished at 60m for similar results and went out again a day or two later. Their second time out on the same spots they fished earlier didn’t reap the same rewards but when they moved in closer, they were on again. Their best result came from 45m, so there is no magic depth that always works.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

October 30, 2020
This is the best time to be snapper fishing from off the west coast - Springtime! Water surface temps have risen dramatically over the last couple of weeks. Our go to is 60m but that is not to say other depths aren’t working or that anywhere that happens to be 60m is going to fire. Not straight away at least. When you go all that way it is best to stay a while if the fish aren’t biting. It won’t be long before they show up. I would share my theory on that but my editor says to keep my reports under 10 thousand words.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

October 23, 2020
Ed note: Our regular fishing report contributor and general Manukau guru, Smudge, has been off the grid, most likely fishing for the last couple of weeks, but we hear from our other Manukau friends that the west coast has fired up consistently with the usual patterns at this time of year, and it’s a good time to get out across the bar and get yourself some good snapper fishing.

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