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Bay of Islands 4th December

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I would love to have more to report, but it has been a hectic week with strong winds from just about every direction, which has really hampered our ability to get out there. Mother nature protecting the fish in her own way.

When we have snuck out, the fish have been biting, but not for long periods. This can sometimes be the way around a full moon, so in a few days time things could change up for the better.

The  birds have started to swing  into action, being attracted by large anchovy schools gathering in the middle ground.

As a result we have some good sized fish feeding of them, and also small packs of kingfish, so smaller jigs like the Catch 200 gram double trouble is a good way to have a crack at them.

With jigs like this you can chase either kingfish or snapper around the anchovy schools effectively, snapper are pretty ferocious when the anchovy dinnere bell is on.

In close, if you can get that wind and tide right (ie not going in opposite directions) it can be full on if you are stray lining with berley or soft baiting on the drift.

For bagging bait, the inside of Roberton Island  has some huge schools of big slimy and jack  mackerel.  Just hit the inside reefs with a good burly trail and draw those fish to the back of the boat.

Keep an eye out as there is nothing quite like a big snapper crashing your bait, just like a kingfish does to a popper, the big snaps can get very aggressive in the right conditions at this time of year.

Surface schools of trevally and other baitfish are also worth throwing a stick bait at as the kings are often fired up now.

Be safe out there and make sure you get you boats ship shape for the season




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