Bay of Plenty

fishing report

Supplied by

Russ Hawkins

Fat Boy Charters

Tauranga 10 May 2024
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Despite cooler weather quieting things down, recent fishing trips have been successful, yielding nice catches from the shallows to deeper waters.

Things are starting to be a bit quieter with the cooler weather as is expected with our clients but when we have got out the fishing has been totally adequate and some nice fish caught in depths from four meters near the shore out to 110 meters .

The shallow areas even with just soft baits have worked very well with some great sized snapper chasing the soft bait right to the surface before turning away, these fish are not huge but in the 3 to 4kg range so perfect eating size.

Further out in the tarakihi grounds again the deeper areas from 80 to 110 meters there have been good sized fish which seem to be full of roe so looking like a spawning run real soon.

Also in the mix have been good sized golden snapper and pink mao mao and a constant bite time for an hour or two until that change of tide.

The water temperature is now around 18 degrees but seems to be rather green even sixteen miles out although sometimes an easterly will bring in some blue water.

Not much schooling kahawai to be seen but up until last weekend there still seems to be plenty of skipjack close in and they are perfect bait size being quite small so not too much waste.

The forecast coming up for this weekend is looking great from Sunday right through until next Thursday with fine weather and very light winds.

Make the most of the opportunity if you get it.

Cheers Russ Hawkins

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