Winter conditions have limited us to only getting out on the odd occasion now, and there’s not really too much change from things we reported a few weeks ago, other than the tarakihi now seem to have spawned, so that means they are back to being interested in eating and not so worried about making little tarakihis!
You’ll likely do ok on teri’s on the deeper reefs off Mayor Island and around the Penguin Shoals area.
The water temps have dropped down with all the winds from the south and west, but that has done little to deter the harbour fishing which is still pretty good.
There are still snapper and trevs well up into the harbour in just three or four metres up onto the banks, particularly around Rangiwaea and Motuhoa Island.
Te Puna channel also proving to be pretty good where there’s a bit of structure holding fish.
Around the entrance, either inside or outside at change of tide is still also going ok, and off the beaches and out to only eight or ten metres off Matakana is also providing consistent catches. Soft baits catching some really nice fish cast forwards of the drift, work them a bit slower and let them drag along the bottom a bit more in the winter months.
It’s still prime deep dropping season, and as we reported last time there’s better bluenose action than we have seen in recent years around the 300 metre banks, reasonable size and numbers, and plenty of gemfish.
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