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Bay of Islands 7 August

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With spring not too far away, fingers crossed, the fishing should start to improve, and the days will let us have a few more hours out on the water too. Fishing in close has been paying off, with some nice snapper on either the incoming tide or out-going.

There are always big fish around and you can pick them up just about anywhere on occasion in the Bay, a good example of this recently, with a twenty pound fish caught at the local Opua wharf.

The foul ground anywhere from Tapeka point to Kemp passage is a good place to try at the moment.

There are still a lot of small fish around, so using a recurve hook will help reduce the number of gut hooked fish, ensuring a better survival rate for those wee ones that go back, or the big ones that you may also choose to return.

Outside the Bay, around the Seven Metre Reef,  there are some good kingfish and they are happily chasing jigs as well as the livies.

We’ve started using Catch gear with good effect this year, and have found the bigger Catch Joker jigs will often pull a good one out of the numerous rats.

As our water gets a bit cooler, the puka will start to move onto areas like 71 Metre Reef and the outer reef systems that surround it.

Catching live baits has been a bit on or off, but we are finding some good schools either off Russell Point, or over towards Kemp Passage.

If that fails, try down around Mosquito Point, which usually holds a few, and with the huge amount of banks and guts that can be found there, it’s always a good place to stray line.

If you see me out there in the bright red Day’s Out Extreme, give me a call and I’m always happy to help


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