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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.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

September 25, 2020
I was sitting around minding my own business when I got a tap on the shoulder. “Smudge! Where’s your fishing report”! It was the boss and he wasn’t happy, after all it has been a while. I promised I would make one up right away – apparently that wasn’t good enough. ‘I want facts Smudge, not stories!’. Crikey, talk about touchy. So I thought I had better write something and here it is:
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

July 23, 2020
Short & sharp this week. The harbour is fishing very well for gurnard & kahawai. I expect with a little technique that trevally are also a likely catch. For whatever reason I’ve seen more big gurnard this year than I have in a long time - if ever. I know of fish between 1.5 and 2kg being caught from the harbour over the last 25 years but this year I’ve seen several fish between 1.4 and 1.6 kilos and heard of several others.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

July 3, 2020
We are now dead smack in the middle of one of my favourite fishing times for the harbour. The problem is it is going to end real soon and when it does we will be dead smack in the middle of one of my least favourite times. Hard to please much Smudge? Let me explain. Autumn to early winter rocks it in the harbour. Gurnard, trevally, kahawai and big snapper are all at their best right now. Unfortunately, the weather systems start to deteriorate really fast. There is nothing worse than a nasty sou’ easter to ruin a day on the harbour. The chop will be short & sharp and the water will be a muddy brown colour on those days which will become all too frequent from now until October.

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