Another wet, windy month has gone by, but when we could get out there was some good fishing.
Drift fishing in 60-70m has produced plenty of good-sized snapper; closer in there are a lot of pannies, along with the odd big one.
Kingies have been a bit scarce out on the pins and foul. In shallower there are a lot of rat kings around, but we have got some good ones too on jigs and live baits.
On one trip we managed some good-sized skipjack tuna while moving to new grounds; a bonus at this time of the year - there were quite a few of them around on the day.
Tarakihi are moving in shallower; we've caught some nice ones on the last couple of trips, but not in good numbers yet. There is still the odd john dory around - jigging and live baits are the way to go. Barracouta are here, but not in big numbers thank goodness (they can be pretty hard on gear when fishing for kingies).
No word on hapuku. Apparently some have been caught, but all over it seems that these fish have not moved in yet. Normally we get them in close while live-baiting for kings; hopefully they will show up soon.
The plus is the harbour is still full of baitfish. We got a few good slimy mackerel amongst the koheru the other day, and the locals have been catching kahawai, snapper and john dory off the Clansman Wharf.
Whangaroa by Brian Candy
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