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Hauraki Gulf 9 July

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Short sharp and sweet - a lot like fishing opportunities right now, a few hours fishing at a time has been possible as front’s pass and the wind swings wildly on the tide – opportunity knocks. Beautiful to see the mercury steel of an unblemished surface tension with zero wind, miles and miles of cool chrome sea, the plop plop of some gannets, or the fluttering squawking chase of petrels and terns over mackerel schools around the inner gulf and Waitemata clearly audible. The next day or even an hour or two later – complete still, no signs of life, above on or below the sea skin. That’s winter for you.

In winter, kaburas are very effective, generally speaking, out over much of the gulf and in similar depths waters in most other places.

However. remember those other menu items, otherwise coming home with fresh fish might be more of wishful thinking than fish-full.

Snapper, often a prime target, not only get lethargic in interest to bite or seemingly even notice your offering, when the thermometer drops.  Think of this as good. Wait, what? Why? Well because you now know at least what they don’t want – likely they’ll bite something else if you have it ready in your tackle box.

If you have fish on the sounder or otherwise know they’re there, find out what makes them Tik tok (@captainespresso ) and bring out your box of fish-tricks. A silvery sided slow pitch jig like a Boss or even Double Trouble just hanging in the rod holder on a slow drift has been the hot ticket over the mid ground...bigger snapper, consistent hookups from solid strikes, outdoing the more typical slow jigs and micros.

More consistent snapper action is well out in the gulf if you can get there, Colville and Craddock channels.

Kingfish excitement on your agenda? Definitely check this out, it’s simply amazing what can be caught day trippin’ around the Hauraki Gulf, and the scenery, everything is just ‘wow’! Moon Tide Fishing on TV:

Kick back, and enjoy Moon Tide Fishing here:

- Apple:

- Android:

Moon Tide Fishing | New Series | Rātū/Tuesday 8.00pm | On Demand

But Wait There’s More…!

This Sunday July 11 at 10:00am LIVE on Catch Fishing Facebook: Presenting the epic JGX2000 overhead reel, find out why this little fish tamer is one of the most popular and trusted size of reels around. Increase both your hook-up and landing rates – kingfish included!

See you on Facebook LIVE, after the Magic FM Sunday Café live on radio with Mel at 08:30!


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