Where's the fish?
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With a steady long term period of wind from the west, the east coast of the Coromandel has been awesome to fish right in close.
Labour weekend saw a lot of boats heading out and the mornings proved best as far as getting a break from the westerlies goes.
Sheltered spots all the way down the coastline fished well in close for snapper, with some nice sized fish of very solid average size and condition.
Off Kuaotunu there were some really nice specimens caught, and a few kingfish about which is always nice for a bit of action.
Opito Bay was almost like a lake for periods and the snapper cooperated pretty well as a bonus.
South of Ohinau is also worth a go with snapper, john dory, trevs and kingis all present here.
There are a lot of good trevally about most sandy areas, and they love lures and small baits. If you want to target them, micro jigs on the drift is the number one way to go.
If last weekend was anything to go by we are in for a pretty good summer of fishing as the season warms up.
Soft baits were very effective and we are seeing more and more boats now drifting and casting ahead rather than anchored up and berleying.
The water around the Mercury Islands is still a bit cold as we mentioned last week, but there are certainly fish to be had there.
Terakihi fishing out a bit deeper is good when you can locate a patch on your sounder and get the wee 1/0 dropper rigs or flashers down to them.
Teri’s often move around but can hold in certain areas for a few weeks at a time, so when you do find some it does not mean they are there for long.
One thing top really note was the effect of the time and tide on bite time. So often an area that fires up red hot will turn off like a switch and results can vary spectacularly from day to day. That’s fishing, but it seems to be accentuated sometimes in the Coromandel, and often you just have to be really patient to wait things out or recognise it’s a dud day and call it in early.
As far as kingfish action goes, it’s still best for us out at the Alderman’s and the pins are producing some really good fish and in good numbers and condition too.
That’s mostly what we specialise in, and spend a lot of time positioning around the areas we know hold fish.
When you find good sign, don’t muck around, get your jigs straight down to the right depth and get into it. Heavier gear that is capable of working a big fish hard is often needed if sharks are about, and often that won’t be enough to get the fish back in one piece, but touch wood, they have not been too bad recently.
The great thing about fishing this coast is that there’s plenty of shelter and good fishing in almost any wind from the west all year round.
Remember to check your forecasts the night before and good luck.
Tight lines and stay safe
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