Club members were rewarded with some great snapper and trevally while fishing at their most recent Ninety Mile Club field-day.
It came as a bit of surprise to most, with both numbers and the average size well up on expectations. A snapper of 5.3kg won the day, with a trevally of 4.6kg cleaning up that section. Long-line operators were not surprised though, as they've been 'taking home the bacon' for a few weeks now.
In Parengarenga an influx of fresh water is blamed for some 'ordinary' fishing. Mind you, ordinary in Parengarenga still means a feed, and things will only get better.
Awanui Harbour is firing, with reports of great snapper fishing in amongst the mangroves and some really big trevs being taken by trevally king Bill Imms off Kaimaumau.
With the snapper migration now in full swing, long-liners are cleaning up in Great Exhibition Bay. Tokerau is usually next to fire with a November flurry; then, after Xmas, Rangaunu Bay becomes the centre of snapper action. While fishing expectations are high now, expect patchy results to continue until the water warms more.
Kite and torpedo fishers on the east coast continue to fare best at change of light.
For boat fishers trying to break a drought, a moonlight foray can often turn the tide if dawn and dusk fail. And if certain that you have a disinterested school of snapper beneath you, give some of the new-fangled lures a shot. Something sparkly or wriggly flashing by can often trigger a bite response.
Far North by Steve Radich
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