Where's the fish?
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Fishing out of Raglan and Kawhia this year has just been so good really since summer. We have had a bumper season with no real let-off as far as fishing goes. It’s been a bit like that all up the west coast this year, from here to Manukau, and right up to the mighty Hokianga. This year for bottom fishing and big game in close, west has certainly been best.
Right now, snapper are still really plentiful at present, and our staple hunting grounds fishing around 55 to 60 metres south of Albatross Point have consistently been the honey hole.
We’ve been fishing this area for the last few week,s and the pinkys’ just keep coming over the side, some fish up to 9 kgs with plenty around the 3 – 5 kg mark.
Recently we’ve not seen much in the way of bycatch. A bit of gurnard , a few kahawai and the odd spiney and school shark, but nothing to be too much trouble.
Squid, bonito, fresh kahawai and barracoutta strips are all doing the trick, and most charters we are done by lunch or thereabouts.
Plenty of the winter mollyhawks about, some days 4-5 different species floating about majestically behind the boat.
Take the time to check out these amazing birds, many of which come from a long way away to spend the winter up here.
The weather for the long weekend is not looking great, but Friday and Saturday are the pick, so maybe take Friday off if you want to get the best fishing 😊.
Rob Fitzgerald is owner and skipper of Venturer Fishing Charters, operating out of Kawhia.
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