Northern Hauraki Gulf - November 2012
Snapper season fires upRICHARD & BILL BATHURST
Snapper have been on the bite and are taking all manner of baits, whether soft, hard or fresh.
The bigger snapper have been in the shallows around Great Barrier, which makes them hard to handle unless you're using heavier line (10-15kg). Plenty of school snapper have been around the island, but these are not feeding all the time and need to be brought on the bite with berley.
The Mokes have had their share of fish, but once again this fickle place will turn it on one week and leave you scratching your head the next. Kings should return with a vengeance toward the end of the month.
Little Barrier should be fishing very well. Trevs, snapper and kings will be on the menu, with the best kings coming from the eastern side and most of the snapper tending to be in the deeper water on the southern end of the island. Good trevs are still coming from the spit that runs out from the Rangers Hut.
Horn should be alive with fish coming through the Craddock Channel. They will stop off for a breather, as this area holds plenty of food. Kings will be in good numbers around this area as well - especially on the top of the rock - while the better snapper will come from the steep drop-offs, particularly on the northern edge.
There will be snapper in the shallower foul, but they are difficult to extract from the weed.
Flat Rock should start to come into its own about now; an evening with a light northerly and an incoming tide will produce the best results.
Kawau is still producing smaller fish, but there are going to be plenty of double-figure snapper coming from around Motuora and Motuketekete. The channel that runs between the two islands is pretty hot on an incoming tide, while the area south of Motuora in 20m normally fishes well on an outgoing.
The middle ground will have the usual hordes of fish grazing their way into the inner reaches of the harbour. These are pretty easy to find - just follow the birds and dolphins. All manner of fish will be underneath the work-ups.
Northern Hauraki Gulf by Richard & Bill Bathurst
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