Where's the fish?
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The west coast has really continued to fire this year, and as yet, has still not showed any signs of slowing down. In fact, fishing for this time of the year has been much like spring fishing, with limits by lunchtime now just standard.
We are not sure how long this will last, but will live the dream while it does, and perhaps the usual winter slow down will kick in at some stage.
There are some real donkeys in the mix too, which always gets the crowd going on the boat.
Luckily, there’s not too much to bother in the way of sharks, but some days barracouta are in numbers which can force a spot move.
Otherwise, all is good in the hood. The kingfish are still showing up, and we tend to catch more on the days when gannets or shearwaters are working.
Even if the birds are just sitting on the surface it’s still worth a look as the action has often already happened but the fish are still feeding on the leftovers and are not far away.
Most of the action is happening out around the 55-65 meters off Albatross Point as per usual, but best seems to be slightly to the south almost off Taharoa.
Squid seems to be the flavour at present but all baits are doing just fine, and anything fresh is also doing well.
We have some very good weather forecast for this weekend so get out there and have a go.
Rob Fitzgerald is owner and skipper of Venturer Fishing Charters, operating out of Kawhia.
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