Whangarei-Tutulkaka - May 2012
Outstanding harbour snapper catchesJOHN VOWLESS
I have been writing this report for just over 20 years, and this summer has got to be one of the best ever for harbour snapper fishing.
The upper harbour area from Snake Bank/Manganese Point back to Onerahi/ Limestone Island has been particularly good. Anglers of all skill levels have been getting good catches of good-sized fish, with the more experienced fishers catching limit bags on nearly every trip. I've looked into a couple of other anglers' chilly bins and seen very good sizes and numbers of top-quality snapper (thanks, Pete, David and Lloyd).
The shallow water along the western side of the Takahiwai/Skull Creek area has fished very well, and the good size of the fish has made exciting fishing. The Candy Pole area at Onerahi, where the channel turns, has fished very well especially, with boats scattered all over the place within half a kilometre of the pole all catching good fish. Wellington Rock, around Limestone, along the channel edges, the inner channel from Manganese Point down to Waikaraka, out in front of the Onerahi boat ramp - just about anywhere is producing good catches. Eighteen boat trailers at the Onerahi Ramp on a weekday, and often 30-plus on weekends also testifies to the outstanding fishing.
But it will be over soon. As water temperatures slowly drop, the snapper will mostly move out to deeper water. Some fish will be caught in the harbour throughout the winter, but mostly along the channel edges from One Tree Point down to the entrance.
Outside, some good snapper have been caught along the Mad Mile, the eastern edge of Three Mile Reef, and some big ones at the Hen and Chicks and the Mokes.
Not many kingfish reports lately, but some big trevally are starting to show up and are usually with us throughout winter and into the spring.
Saltwater Connection's recent lucky boat draw attracted a huge crowd of hopeful anglers. Congratulations to the Saltwater team for a very successful promotion that shows off the huge fishing following in the Whangarei area.
Whangarei-Tutukaka by John Vowless
Ph 09 436 2152
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