A short summary of the fishing conditions at Kawhia this week with Rob and the team at Ventura Charters
The weather has been a tad unpredictable lately. However, the fishing remains hot. The sweet spot appears to be at depths of 50-60 meters where snapper are biting consistently. Most days, we're seeing limits coming over the rail. Of course, we have the occasional lean day – it wouldn't be honest fishing if every day was a glory day.
Last weekend was exceptionally fruitful. We hit our limits before lunch, which is quite remarkable for this time of year. If this trend continues, we should have a good lead into spring fishing. Here's hoping for a bit more sunshine and a bit less wind!
The current hot spots stretch from the late forties out to 60 meters, slightly south of Albatross Point. We've been venturing a bit further south and fishing off Harihari as well. As for bycatch, it's been a relatively quiet year for sharks. Gurnard are hit and miss, and while we do see kahawai in numbers some days, it's not an everyday occurrence.
The star bait of the moment has to be barracouta. It seems to outshine others, likely because it's a bit tougher than bonito. Just to clarify, we don't use squid for bait.