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Wellington / Kapiti 2 July

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It’s fair to say the weather has been pretty nasty to us over the last few weeks and getting out fishing has been out of the question. However, when we do get these big snaps come through you can always count on some good fishing out the other side. Before the big fronts, the fishing was pretty good, full on all over the place.

One of my mates that runs a charter was catching some really big kingies up to the magic thirty kilo mark out at the Trench while chasing bluenose and puka.

Those are big fish to be hauling up from the deep, and it’s not uncommon to get them out there around June and July on the ‘shallower’ banks around 120 to 160 metres.

Out at Hunters was also going really well with kingies just nailing jigs like no tomorrow, same at Kapiti.

There’s also been good numbers of warehou turning up at Hunters which is good to see.

One of the best eating fish out there, john dory, seem to be around at the moment, and these fish although not that super common around Wellington, are always welcome additions to the pot.

You’ll target jds in the shallower reefy areas and usually catch them on live baits or big slow moving soft baits around the weed beds and other structure, as well as a few that hang around wharf pylons.

In winter, it seems to be more productive to fish a bit deeper, around fifty to sixty metres.  Out in this zone there are big teri’s, cod, snapper and just about all the other species at any given time.

We fished north end of Hunters yesterday and anchored up in around seventy metres for some awesome terakihi fishing, with good specimens around two kilos, and a couple of nice snapper on the turn of the tide, so it will be worth getting out there again with some decent weather coming up.

Its always good this time of year down towards Ohau in fifty to seventy metres and I expect the fishing should be dynamite there once things calm down nicely.

There will be heaps of good fishing action coming up, with some settled spells, and good moon and smaller tide phases.

Kapiti has been producing plenty of good snapper and kingies, and my deckie has been firing out to the hundred metre mark north of Kapiti in search of puka, and managed to get onto some really big terakihi.  This is a good area to target this time of year with plenty of bottom structure to prospect and always the chance of picking up hapuka and decent terakihi.

Kapiti is a good area to fish slow jigs, kabura and inchiku style jigs for snapper and kings, but sometimes bait is a better nose turner in winter, so it can pay to have both on board.

Make the most of the clear weather windows, and stay safe.

Cheers Pete

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