The snaps are well and truly on the chew, putting on condition and getting fat for winter, and they can now be caught in some pretty shallow water, 10-20 meters in fact, which is good news for any local surf casters.
We have been fishing south of Taharoa, and doing really well, but I'm sure you'll also get good results off Aotea reef, or any shallow water along the coast.
Their stomachs have been full of snapper biscuits, and their mouths are green from eating them.
The other day we got 170 snaps in 2.5 hours, the biggest being an eighteen pounder, and there's plenty of healthy pannies around four to eight pounds.
Not much in the way of bycatch, other than kahawai that can be plentiful at times. We are catching the odd trevally, and that's about that.
Best bait barracoutta and kahawai in my book.
Game fishing season is still running hot, with plenty of action out around the 100-130 metre mark.
With double and triple strikes not uncommon, it's no wonder boaties are enjoying the dragging plastic game.
We know there are a lot of smaller marlin about, from 70-90 kg but there's also some big blues hanging around.
Plenty of Skippies too so it's well worthwhile running some bungies if you want to stock up the bait freezer, we managed thirty last trip.
The weather for Easter weekend is looking magic at this stage. A bit of swell Friday, but otherwise one metre and no wind, so get out there and give it a go, or join us.
We do have spots Monday, so if you don't have your own boat, or just fancy an easy day, come and join us and we will show you some west coast magic.