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Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013

WEEKLY WINNER: Howick's Zach Bolton, 9, with his pop Ronzy, gets the biggest fish of the day out deep in the Hauraki Gulf with this 1.8kg snapper that gave him a great fight. He also wins a Shimano rod and reel in the Big Fish Bait and Tackle Company's show us your fish competition.

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Catching a feed of snapper over the weekend wasn't easy but those who put in the time and effort were rewarded with some nice fish.

The worm beds off Rakino are starting to fish well and some of the other hot spots were around Tiritiri Matangi, the Noises and the Ahaahas.

The main channels still need to pick up a bit and it shouldn't be long before the fishing really kicks off with good numbers of school snapper.

There are some big trevally about and some nice specimens have been caught in the Sergeant and Motuihe channels.

Rat kingfish have moved in and are now being caught around the harbour buoys on small poppers and soft baits providing great entertainment for sport fishos using light tackle. Please remember that the minimum size for kingfish is 75cm fork length.

Land-based fishing has been good with reports of snapper, kahawai and the odd kingfish being caught.

The rocks around Kawakawa Bay and Musick Pt are good spots to try.

Top baits are fresh pilchards, squid and mullet.

Until next week,

Tight lines

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