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Hopefully, the alert levels will be dropped soon for our friends in Auckland, so the fishos can get back out there. If it makes you feel any better, the weather has been anything but nice up in the Bay here, with rain and strong winds in all directions. Typical of pre-spring weather. On the upside, when the weather allows, there are good fish both in close working the shallows, and fish also out in the deep.

Anywhere along the eastern coast from Ninepin to Red Head which is a huge area, is worth exploring with a stray line rigged with big jack mackerel, whole or butterflied.

The foul along Red Head to Roberton Island, in around 28 metres is a good option now.  Start looking for any scrubby foul that will hold fish with your sounder, and if you can pick up a few livies on the way out they work very well the kingfish that inhabit those areas, either slow trolled in the shallows up to 30 metres, or rigged with a ball sinker running on the main line for probing a bit deeper.

Out in the deep from 55 to 70 metres past the Ninepin, there’s a good variety of fish species, and with September being our best puka month, the chance of a really decent fish is on the cards if you target with the specialist rigs and gear.

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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