The Bay of Islands is enjoying a subtle warm-up in water temperatures. The fishing conditions in both offshore and inshore waters are showing promising improvement, with notable catches of puka and snapper.
The fishing conditions are gradually improving with the subtle warming of the waters out wide. There have been great catches of puka with a few reports of tuna dropped by vessels transiting in and out of deep water.
In shore, there's a decent number of fish, with straylining in close proving to be quite effective, particularly on the northern side of Te Puna inlets during the incoming tide. The fish are well conditioned with some showing signs of spawning. This aligns with expectations for this time of year, and as the water approaches the magic 18-degree mark.
For those using softbaits, the eastern side of Roberton Island has been a modest spot, with the new eels from Catch being very effective.
Regarding kingfish, there are good sized fish around the dig, but stopping before the reach the foul is a bit of a challenge.
Waiweri Rock has been holding large kingfish and a good amount of blue kohera, so there’s is quality livebait on offer for those early enough to take advantage of them.
As summer progresses, fishing activity in close is likely to hot up. Exploring the closer reefs and the sand around 40 metres might be worthwhile. If you observe gannets at work, a drift through them is highly likely to be productive.
Last note: It’s always good idea to inform someone about your destination, the number of people on board, and your expected return time. Wishing you safe and pleasant boating.