Tough fishing near Kawhia has improved, with successful catches of snapper, gurnard, and kahawai, and the anticipation of marlin closer to shore as water conditions continue to be favourable.
Fishing over the past 10 days has been challenging, but the last four days have seen full bins most days, requiring us to travel about 18 miles south of Kawhia, which is typical for this time of year. We're still fishing in 40-50 meters of water. During our travels, we've started trolling for albacore tuna to pass the time and are also trying deep swimming lures for kingfish.
Lately, the bulk of our catch has been snapper, with sizes up to 10lb, but mostly good-sized pannies, along with a few gurnard and kahawai. From now on, we expect the fish to start moving in closer; by early February, we should be able to fish in waters as shallow as 10 meters, and the fish size should also improve somewhat.
There have been plenty of marlin caught out wide, still north of Kawhia in 100-120 meters, but it shouldn't be too long before we see them in closer waters. The water temperature is currently at 22.5 degrees, and the conditions are looking good.
Kind regards Rob & Jacqui Fitzgerald
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