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Snapper have been biting very well the last week and if you want to know the best baits… I have to say fresh couta and kahawai are doing the damage on the bigger fish. Big bait, big fish, is not always correct. We are seeing the best results on smaller strips at the moment, as I find the big fish just come in and nail the smaller baits in one go.

Perhaps this is something to do with the fact that spawning takes over a bit from eating at the moment, and there are times when the fish are not concentrating on food, with other things on their pre-programmed ‘minds’.

We have been fishing 45-55 meters off Albatross Point with good success. Barracouta have been around in big numbers some days, not sure why, but they are about at this time of year and the only thing they are really good for is bait, so look on the positive and perhaps bring one on board to take a couple of big strips off.  Good for snapper and deep water species too.

There has been some nice by-catch of trevally, gurnard, kingfish and even the odd terakihi!  A really welcome table fish wherever you are fishing.

Snapper should be starting to come closer from now on and we will be starting to fish further south.

Taharoa area should be the spot to start targeting over the new year.

The water colour is looking great at present so tuna and marlin won’t be too far away, with fish already boated up north off the Manukau last week.

I did hear of a marlin spotted at the Mokau Trench in 300 metres, and no doubt there will be fish landed once enough boats get out there and actually target them.

Have a great Christmas all.  Be safe, and I hope to see some of you out there.



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

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