Where's the fish?
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The big excitement at the moment off the Coromandel is all happening with the migration of the southern bluefin tuna moving up from Cape Runaway in their trek north, and now are in reach of trailer boat fishermen leaving from the east Coromandel coast. These magnificent fish are definitely a bucket list ticker, and this year seems to have been one of the best on record for them.
There’s everything to love about these fish. They are challenging but great fun to chase and fish for, go like crazy on their first run and can often beat up the angler for a couple of hours.
This year there are some big models around, from 60 to 150kgs or so, absolute barrels.
Once on board, and looked after properly, they make an incredible meal for the week for a lot of people.
Having these fish within reach is a limited time offer, so planning to get out there? The time is now. It is a fair way out to where they are holding though, so be well aware of your boats limitations and the weather conditions.
It’s about 40 nautical miles out from Whitianga, so almost the exact same distance from Auckland to Great Barrier as a guage.
I would estimate between thirty to fifty fish have been landed in the last week out at the Alderman Knoll. There are fish being weighed at Tairua, Whangamata, and Tauranga and it’s a rare treat to be able to see such good numbers in the schools heading north.
The knoll is pretty easy to find as it comes up to around 700 metres out of over 1000, and is obviously holding bait and providing a great stopover for the big SBT’s.
All the usual kingfish action has been up and down, with some good days and some tough ones thrown into the mix. We’ve had some good results at the Alderman pins, with several fish over 20 kilos being landed by happy clients.
The wind is doing its thing and limiting the days we can get out a bit, but that’s winter for you.
All the best
Fishing Report provided by Tom Maxwell
MAD MAX SPORT FISHING NZ
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