Another wet and windy month has gone by.
On one of the few fishable days we managed to catch some nice hapuku, bass, bluenose and gemfish out in 350m plus, but there have been none caught in shallow water yet; maybe it's too early.
Water temperature out wide was 16.5°C. Skipjack tuna are around in small schools and being taken on small lures and hand lines. At this time of the year it pays to run your lures further back for better results, as these fish seem to be a bit wary.
Kings are still on the bite - mostly small ones, but with the odd decent fish amongst them. Some of these bigger fish have been caught in fairly shallow water. The snapper closer in are fairly small and patchy, with the bigger fish being out wide in deeper water between 60-80m. Drift fishing is the way to go in these depths, and tarakihi is a good by-catch at the moment. There are nice-sized tarakihi in fairly shallow water off Taupo Bay and Flat Island, but they are still a bit hit or miss. We have been getting the odd big trevally on the pinnacles out past Stevensons Island; pink maomao and red snapper are also on the bite.
In the harbour there have been some good-sized kahawai caught, along with the odd trevally. John dory have been caught off the Clansman Wharf and off boats in the harbour. The snapper have been pretty small, but there are still plenty of baitfish available.
Whangaroa by Brian Candy
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