After a very patchy April, many anglers are hoping that May will bring a little more settled weather with the chance to get out on those frosty but clear and calm mornings.
I have found these days provide good chances to fish some greater depths, with less chance of strong winds picking up and causing a dash for the refuge of the harbour.
The fishing can be a little slower from now on, but perseverance and good use of the sounder can mean the difference between an empty wallet and a full bucket. Look for rough uneven ground or the edge of a good drop-off for your blue cod or groper. Inshore, try close to weed pockets, as this is a good sign of rocky ground and holds many of the targeted species (and a few others).
Trout fishermen should still be hitting the mouths of rivers flowing into the lakes, as good numbers of trout should still be in residence in many of these areas. Some of the rivers remaining open can still be fished with heavy nymphs or small spinner patterns during afternoon rises. Small feathered lures can also be very effective on these days when used in an across-and-down style.
Spin fishermen can do very well in these rivers too. Smaller lures like the 7g Zebra Toby or Blue Fox Vibrax should not spook too many fish, as they cause less disturbance on entry. The edge of large weed beds can also be very productive this month, with either snail patterns for the fly fishermen or, again, small spinners for the spin fishermen working very well.
Boat fishermen will still be doing well either harling flies or trolling bright lures - often with a little pink in them - this month. Another technique worth trying involves jigging for trout in areas close to river mouths where the bottom drops away sharply, or you have good numbers of fish on the sounder. Small bright flies and smelt patterns seem to work well.
Otago by Grant Ashton, Allan Millars Hunting & Fishing
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