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Kawhia / Raglan 5 February

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The fishing is crazy at present, with limit bags around lunch time, and the snapper are of very good size. Commonly we are getting fish of 40 cm up, and even the odd magic -mark 20lb specimen. They are not too fussy on the bait, but some days squid tends to do better, mostly because it stays on the hook well. Fresh couta and kahawai do have their moments but you have to test if they are into it. You don’t need big baits either, they seem to just pull them off rather than swallow the lot down.

We are using number 23 mutsu hooks.  They aren’t big, but they sure catch fish, and in the corner of the mouth 95%of the time.

Kahawai can be around in numbers, and mostly when this is the case the snapper don’t seem to be with them.

Gurnard seem to be still plentiful even if the snapper are a bit slower. Most fishing is happening south of Taharoa  around the 53 metres zne. We’ve also fished Albatross Bay and been able to catch a great feed if the SW wind is not on your side.

Game fishing is going crazy also, with about Ten or so marlin caught this week.

They are all over the place, as there are plenty of workups about and we have seen tuna boats working.  We’ve even seen marlin around the boat while snapper fishing.

Most boats are having 3 to 4 shots at a fish each day currently. One boat managed a quad hook-up and managed to land them all! They tagged two and two went in the smoker, as they had died.

Weather is looking great for the long weekend.



Rob Fitzgerald is owner and skipper of Venturer Fishing Charters, operating out of Kawhia.

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