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Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

January 10, 2020
Wow, there it is! 2020. I took a call last weekend from a guy Chris who has been surfcasting off some of the harbour beaches. Recently he was fishing off Clarks Beach when a fish hooked up and that was the last he saw of his favourite surf caster. He knew to keep the drag off while the rod wasn’t attended and to check the rod wasn’t tip wrapped but mistakes happen so he asked me to give everyone a timely reminder. The very next day I heard of an identical incident from someone else! Good on you Chris for sharing and good to see you can still manage a laugh about it.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

December 20, 2019
Christmas is a great time of year isn’t it? Everyone is happy and looking forward to some down time, hopefully we have some spare time on our hands and for most of us it is a time to put the boat in the water or pack the surfcaster and go fishing. We usually don’t have to wait too long for a good patch of weather which is a bonus. I have always suspected that most kiwis do 90% of their fishing over the Christmas break which is cool because not everyone has the means nor the opportunities to get out fishing whenever they wish as some of us do.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

December 19, 2019
It’s been a while since my last report and things have certainly changed. The harbour has been quite variable which is not unusual for this time of year. There are some good snapper, trevally and gurnard around for sure but often you will need to work for them. The big news though is that there are lots of kingfish around. Jigging the channel edges in 20 to 30m is working as are drifted live baits. A nose hooked live Jack mackerel fished on the bottom in 5 to 10m will also produce the goods while you’re fishing for snapper.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

December 19, 2019
As per expectations, the snapper fishing is fantastic out west.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

December 19, 2019
I want to clear a few things up here. There’s nothing special about what I do, there are plenty of others that do every bit as well when it comes to catching fish. Most don’t write it up, that’s my job.

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