Eastern Bay of Plenty - October 2012
Great start to whitebait seasonKEITH DAVEY
Bay of Plenty
Catches were being made by experienced 'baiters and novices alike from the first day.
This has started a rush, so good netting spots are hard to find - unless you get up earlier than you'd like.
When the 'bait are running and the pressure's on, it's important to remember the etiquette and rules regarding this activity. Brochures on whitebaiting are available from DoC or good tackle shops.
Surfcasting has been slow at best, but now spring is here we can expect an improvement. The stony beaches have been patchy as well, but rewarding at times.
Long-lining has also been inconsistent up till now, with good catches of snapper being rare - although the odd good fish from 6-9kg is being taken. This will also improve this month.
Inshore fishing is starting to pick up, with snapper and gurnard showing on worm beds from 18-26m. It is quiet in the shallow water just offshore, but that will also change as the water temperature rises.
The mussel farm is holding good schools of tarakihi and snapper. The tarakihi can be hard to find some days, as they may not hold near the structures; searching in towards 30m may pick them up.
Kayak fishing has been rewarding along all the beaches off Opotiki (as it always is). This is a very successful way to fish in the Eastern Bay, and it surprises me that more fishos are not doing it. Maybe it's too easy to catch fish here without getting your feet wet!
Up at Waihau Bay, tarakihi have been easy to catch, and some are of a good size. What has been noteworthy is the large numbers of juvenile hapuku showing up in the 80-120m zone. Consequently, it's very easy to get a feed of this tasty fish at present.
The rivers are starting to liven up, with the kahawai moving in following the whitebait, and these are being caught right up to the wharf.
Eastern Bay of Plenty by Keith Davey
Opotiki Bait & Tackle. Ph 07 315 6448 or 027 548 7295
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