Where's the fish?
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Yes, the wind recently has not been a lot of fun, and subsequently we’ve been fishing in some pretty average conditions. The fishing itself hasn't been too bad for January, considering. I usually find this month a bit up and down fishing-wise. One day they are in close and the next out in the deep, or even worse, some days are just downright hard work everywhere!
We have been fishing down off Taharoa mostly around 40-50 meters when the wind isn't too strong. It’s a bit further than we normally go and a bit of a trek in 15-20 knots of wind.
The trips down that way have been very good. No big donkeys yet, but we are finding lots of good pannies, gurnard and kahawai.
speaking of which, we caught a monster kahawai a few trips back, at 64cm and 3.8 kg it was a beast!
If the SW wind is blowing you can always fish in Albatross Bay. This is just to the left as you go out over the bar.
We usually experience some good fishing in here and most always get a feed.
Unfortunately, there’s not much happening on the game-fish front as the south-west wind is so unfavourable for both boating and its effect on the water temps. It certainly doesn't bring warm clear water. The end of next week however, forecasts a long easterly run and that should give us both good conditions at sea, and a chance for the water to warm up and encourage the big pelagic species to turn up.
Rob FitzGerald is owner and skipper of Venturer Fishing Charters, operating out of Kawhia.
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