Northern Hauraki Gulf - October 2011
Snapper run anticipatedRICHARD & BILL BATHURST
The fishing should improve as the month goes on, starting out wide and moving into the inner islands of the Gulf.
The middle ground will start to fire with the bait schools showing up, and snapper, kahawai and the odd king being hard on their tails. The first run of snapper will start with the bigger males showing up and building condition for spawning.
The Mokes will have better-sized kings, along with the now ever-present kahawai and trevs. Snapper will become a bit more aggressive, with the bigger fish starting to come on the bite for longer periods of time.
Great Barrier is certainly improving, with bigger snapper getting in on the action ahead of the bait robbers that have been in plague portions over the winter months. The eastern side of the island would be my pick, drifting along the south side of Arid or setting up a berley trail on any of the deep foul along the coast.
The western side around Miners Reef, False Head and through the Broken Islands will fish well, but may still contain a lot of small, annoying snapper.
Further south along the coast, any foul ground will support snapper – especially through the Colville Channel.
The foul west of Channel Island has always produced good fishing at this time of year. The further you go into the Gulf, the more the bird and bait activity increases, so you may not have to venture this far.
Little Barrier has heaps of kahawai, trevs and snapper around the coast, with the eastern side being a more likely spot to nail a king of any note.
Horn will be holding kings, as will the low foul north of Anchorite. Plenty of bait and bird activity can be found between Little Barrier and Tiri. This is a big expanse of water, but the birds should not be too hard to find.
Soft-baits, slow-jigs, and dead or live baits will all get taken, but you will find that one will out-perform the other on any given day.
Kawau has heaps of small fish around its associated islands, but this will improve by next month.
Tip for the month: get out wide in the middle ground, locate the work-ups and drift.
Northern Hauraki Gulf by Richard & Bill Bathurst
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