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Wellington Report Jan

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Happy New Year! Even though we are experiencing a lot of wind, the upside is that once you do get out there, the water temp is nice and warm, and the fishing is generally pretty good It doesn’t always mean the fishing is going to be easy but if you do your homework or know the good areas to fish you should catch a good feed at this time of the year.

If you're enjoying these reports, there's always more we can talk to you about in person.

Here at the shop, I’m happy to help you out with more detail around the good spots and techniques etc. Drop me an email or text on 0274439750 or feel free to Facebook message me.

I’m also running plenty of charters and have space during the week and on weekends for individuals and groups coming up, check out our schedule here:

West coast

Snapper and kingis are biting all over the place. The frustrating thing is they are full on at a spot one day and you go back the next and they are gone.

Reef areas have been most consistent with us recently particularly the 50-80mtr spots like Boom, Hunters, Verns and various other spots. All of species are getting caught - trevs, JDs, gurnard, tarakihi, bluecod, albacore, snaps and kings are all there.

There are a ton of gemfish also turning up, so if you like eating these rich oily fish, west is best right now.


It’s been kingi mayhem off oriental and sunshine bays for slide-baiters of late. There were 30 rods out the other morning for 12 kingis caught.

Other places worth putting out live baits and throwing out lures are - Greta Point (NIWA) and points north of there, flat rock, Point Halswell, scorching bay point, Breaker Bay, Seatoun, Lowry bay point

Snapper are also fairly common for boat and shore anglers but not as good as our west.

South coast

Snapper and kingis have been around from the airport reef out to the 50mtr wreck.

Trumpeter and puka have been caught on the 100mtr mark from Sinclair to Karori.

Bluenose are still going well out from homes rock.


Some good spotty sharks and moki are still getting caught on the south coast. White rock and Cape Palliser have both been good spots. Recent catches - A 25/30lb kingi was caught on a hex wobbler at breaker bay and a decent spotty shark at greta.



Report courtesy of PETE LAMB FISHING

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