Bay of Islands

fishing report

Supplied by

Darren Knapping

Days Out Fishing Charters

Bay of Islands 7th October
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With spring well and truly here, the fish have really started to move in, with plenty of snapper showing signs of pre spawning. The water is really starting to warm up and it’s looking like being a great season so far.

Fishing the deeper drops out wide, and probing in close for the snapper has been producing some stonker fish.

Bigger snaps are really firing on softbaits and live bait all along the eastern side of Long Beach and up the Te Puna inlet in the early mornings.

Best conditions seem to be the incoming tide.

On either side of the Bay, out wide has been quiet this year.

It’s been harder to find good puka patches, but there’s lots of gemfish as a consolation.

On the kingfish side, there have been plenty around as usual, but trying to get them past the sharks has been a big problem for the last couple of years now, and we are finding trying to lead the fish out quietly has been the best option to avoid the tax man.

Over the next few weeks the fish will really start to move in best place to hit the school fish is under the birds and drifting along the outside of the Centre Foul with big softbaits and live jack macks, or if you want to hang in close, stray lining anywhere from 20 metres should score you a decent feed with or without berley.

Regards Darren

This report provided by Darren Knapping, Days Out Fishing Charters


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