Marlin and more
The Nauti Girls, Classic and Nationals competitions brought forth the regular participants, as well as a welcome number of new anglers.
A feature of the competitions (and the month) was the greater presence of marlin. The Classic produced a very meritorious striped marlin of 174kg. This fish was one of a double strike, with the slightly smaller one being tagged and released, prior to the angler continuing to do the hard yards on the competition-winning fish.
My contacts have found good snapper of 30-45cm on many spots, with Hikurangi, Petleys, South Slipper and the Thirty-Six being the most rewarding, and a good by-catch of trevally and john dory being commented on.
Some anglers identified schools working over sandy bottoms, and experienced short spells of snapper activity, interspaced by good-sized gurnard (in water over 60m) while drift fishing.
Scallops have been of good size and condition at Slipper Island, although they're not in great numbers. Apparently numerous signs of octopus predation are thought to contribute to the scarcity.
Deeper water around the Alderman and Mayor Islands continue to produce the usual mix of red snapper, pink maomao and tarakihi, with occasional hapuku pups in 100m-plus.
Mayor Island has fished well for snapper, the best spots being off Crater Bay, the Garden Patch and the south side of the reef. This last spot requires a current working back into the reef and consistent berley. Significant numbers of porae were taken on most spots at Mayor.
Waihi and Whangamata by Llew Jones
0274 978 136
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