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Kawhia - Raglan Feb 25

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If you think spring fishing is great, this time of the year is proving to be just as good, with flat seas, warm water, very pleasant air temps, and fish biting like nobody’s business. We have had some fantastic fishing over the past few weeks, with as many snapper as you like every day, some of them up to 15 lb.

We have also seen some great gurnard fishing, and these fish, especially when they are a good size, beat snapper for eating in many people’s eyes.

Kahawai have been rampant at times, and very much on the large side, but hang in there as they will move on and the snapper will be under them.

An upside.  Kahawai works a treat as fresh bait, particularly cut into strips with a bit of skin on.

There have been a lot of ‘picker’ snaps around, and the fresh kahawai is a good tough bait that hangs in there waiting for the bigger feeder.

All our fishing has been happening between Taharoa and Marakopa anything from 25-45 meters, just look for the bird action and you should be on the money.

Also keep an eye on the sounder.  You’ll often cross good patches of fish that are not necessarily there for any good reason, and have no bird sign marking them.  

They’re just schooling around or feeding on worm or crustacean beds so be ready to mark and have a crack.

Game fishing is still going crazy.  This is undoubtedly one of the best years ever for marlin.

We see striped marlin most days while snapper fishing, so once you have your snapper it could be worth a troll if that’s you.

We did see a marlin in Albatross Bay on our last trip on the way home in only 17 meters of water! Pretty amazing really.

Tight lines and make the most of it this fishing will last well into April



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

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