Whangarei Tutukaka - November 2012
Snapper move in for summerJOHN VOWLESS
Snapper are starting to show inside the harbour.
Best results will initially come from the central harbour, One Tree Point area down to the entrance, and the 'rip' just outside the entrance. The first two hours of outgoing tide is usually the best time, although the first two hours of incoming tide can also be quite productive.
As we move toward Christmas, the harbour fishing will get better and we will usually get some good-sized snapper right down to the Onerahi and Limestone Island area. Watch for boats fishing the 'Candy Pole' out from the Sea Scout Hall on Beach Road - this is a sure sign the snapper have arrived.
Outside, the southeastern edge of Three Mile Reef has fished well for snapper and, at times, rat kingies. On an outgoing tide after rain (we have had heaps of this lately), fish the clean water 20-50m off the edge of the discoloured fresh water coming out of the harbour.
Along Ruakaka Beach (particularly out from the river mouths) and around any of the small areas of foul (especially down at Waipu) will be firing, with good snapper fishing available on soft-baits or by anchoring up with a good berley trail and casting unweighted baits well away from the boat. Some good kingies are under working birds; Rapala-type lures are working well, but a kingie on a soft-bait can be heaps of fun.
Despite huge fishing pressure, the Mad Mile can fish well from November to March. Stray-lined baits and berley will produce good snapper, rat kingies and kahawai, while smaller hooks will catch big trevally.
Those succulent tarakihi will be with us until late February in the 50-55m areas off the Old Woman, halfway to the Chicks and out from Kauri Mountain Beach; lucky anglers may also land small hapuku.
The Hen and Chicks and the Mokes offer plenty of good fishing at this time of year. Berley and strong stray-line outfits in close or drifting soft-baits are the best options, although ledger rigs can be very productive in depths over 30m.
Scallops are in good condition in Smugglers Cove, but are not as good in the harbour due to the amount of fresh water present during the last few months.
Whangarei-Tutukaka by John Vowless
Ph 09 436 2152
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