Wellington / Kapiti

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Pete Lamb

Pete Lamb Fishing

Wellington and Kapiti Coast July 1
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There’s been heaps of fishing happening. Surf casting wise, Palliser Bay remains the hot spot, with good catches of trevally, gurnard, snapper, and a few stray moki.

In particular, there is some really good snapper fishing still happening, with plenty of fish up to 15 pounds caught over the last week.

The water has been nice and clean, not too much swell, and that makes it ideal for land based anglers.

Ocean Beach has been firing, and when it’s not, the action has usually swung more east of Lake Ferry.

There’s no real tide action that seems to work best consistently, the one thing that does make a difference though, is fishing the clearer water. It’s great to fish through the tidal change, as you get two different tidal flows and you’re never sure exactly which one will fire up the bite on the day.

With a lot of rain often the dirty water spills out into the ocean, such as at Lake Ferry, and you’ll notice the current takes it either east or west.  Whatever side it’s going, make sure you fish in the clear side or where you can see the water colour change away from the dirtier flow.

Boaties are enjoying a lot of good snapper, puka and kingfish action, all from around the local reefs and popular hotspots around Kapiti.

Mana is proving a little harder to find decent snapper but they are still there for the patient.

There’s been a good run of blue warehou, which are a great fun fish to catch, really aggressive and pretty good to eat.

Warehou can be found around most reef areas at the moment, pretty much anywhere you can catch terakihi. The bigger the reef the better it is, the more tide the better, like Hunters, Karori Light etc.

They are really aggressive biters and you’ll get them on jigs, like slow pitch or smaller kingie jigs as well as normal baits.

You’ll get them well up off the bottom, so keep you jig moving if you get on to them.  They are a regular feature every year around this time, and can be great fun to target.

Good sized hapuka have reported back to us from anglers just off the back of Mana and off Makara, along with a few larger sized kings.

The terakihi fishing has been awesome out a bit deeper, like 80 metres off Mana

This year we seem to have had a lot more squid turn up, which is great for the fishing generally, attracting nice big predators, but also for fishermen targeting these mobile calamari units.

There’s a lot of squid fishing around the wharves under lights using squid jigs at the moment.  Winter is their season.  You can get plenty of squid during the day too, if you target weedy areas where there is little tidal flow.  Here’s a few good tips.



We’re selling heaps of squid jigs at the moment, so come on in and we’ll let you know what’s popular.

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