Trying conditions have not permitted much fishing.
There has been the odd opportunity for anglers to get out over the bar, but with big swells and often strong winds, most anglers were kept within the harbour. Reports from inside the harbour indicate most anglers are only putting a few gurnard and kahawai in the bin.
There is still the chance of the odd snapper, and historically this time of year has been when the bigger fish have been taken while targeting gurnard, so trying the deeper areas - such as the Papakura Channel - could be well worth the effort.
Fishing outside the harbour has presented mixed reports, with quite a few spiny dogfish making an appearance, but some people are getting reasonably good catches of snapper. A few anglers have been successful with big snapper to 8kg, but most fish caught have been in the 35-40cm range.
Kahawai are plentiful in the 40-60m depths, as are the sharks, which are all too common at this time of year.
It seems that fishing with artificial baits such as jigs and soft-baits will attract barracouta, which prove to be costly in lost tackle and soon put an end to these types of fishing.
Hopefully, within the next month or so a few snapper will start to move in on the coast and the weather will allow more people to get out and put a line in the water.
Manukau by Ben Francis
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