Nelson Marlborough - July 2012
Groper and tarakihi on the biteTONY ORMAN
The Queen Charlotte Sounds' outer zones are producing good groper and tarakihi, according to Dave Fishburn.
Groper are averaging 8kg, with the biggest tipping the scales at 25kg. Tarakihi have been encouraging - the best making 2kg. Blue cod are also abundant. Dave expects fishing to remain good as long as the weather holds.
Laurie Stevenson of Picton Sports reports great success on groper with green artificial octopus jigs.
Snapper are still about, but mostly of pannie size. One 12-year-old angler boated a 4kg fish near Luke Rock while fishing for scarpees. Snapper at the time of writing were in reasonably shallow water, but will move out deeper soon.
In Tasman Bay tarakihi will hang around in winter in deeper water, while kingies should provide sport around Stephens Island (if last winter is repeated).
Golden Bay experienced a great summer of snapper, mostly pannies, says local Barry Pomeroy, but these have now moved into the deeper water. Kingfish were excellent and 30cm tarakihi abundant, too. Kahawai, encouragingly, were seen in surface-feeding schools, providing great sport.
Pelorus Sound has produced good pannie snapper fishing, especially in Crail Bay, Tawero Point and Brightlands. Again, there are reports of good numbers of blue cod, but it is hard to catch takeable cod in the 30-35cm slot, many being above this size.
Okiwi Bay has been fishing well, producing pannies around 35cm, tarakihi and blue cod. Kenepuru Sound, at the time of writing, was still producing good pannies with key areas being Weka Point, Raetihi and Snapper Point.
In most areas spiny dogs are moving in. Red cod will, too. A plus should be the advent of gurnard into bays. Laurie Stevenson tells me that 'Bite Caster' lures are proving great on gurnard, while avoiding spiny dogs.
Trout fishing tends to go into limbo as fish head upstream to spawn. However, there has been the odd sea-runner of about 1.5kg taken in the Wairau and I heard of a couple of rainbow trout being taken, too.
The lower reaches of the Motueka River by the state highway on a warm winter's day can produce mayfly hatches and rising fish, so keep an eye out. If an early run of whitebait happens in July, watch for sea-run brownies, too.
Nelson-Marlborough by Tony Orman
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