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Fishing was great last month, with some fine captures made.
Bowentown Boating Club weighed a 7.7kg snapper caught by Rowan Jones off Fish n Wave off Honeymoon Bay at Mayor Island, and a kingfish in excess of twenty kilos was landed at Waihi Beach by a kontiki exponent. Whitebait netting proved rewarding from Waihi Beach to Wharekawa in the north for those putting in the effort.
The wreck of the Taupo, Homunga Bay and Petleys, all provided frequent limits of tarakihi and numbers of snapper in the 2-3kg range. Closer to Whangamata, many anglers were home early with good catches. (The increasing number of anglers voluntarily limiting their catch when the opportunity existed to catch their limits of both snapper and tarakihi has been noticeable.)
In spite of the availability of inshore fish, good weather periods attracted a number of vessels to overnight at the offshore islands of Mayor, Alderman and Slipper.
The first kingfish of the season weighed at the Whangamata Ocean Sports Fishing Club for the new season went over twenty kilos. This kingie was taken on the western side of Mayor Island on a large trolling lure after jigs and live baits failed.
One charter boat hunting bluenose east of Mayor Island also found a good catch of alfonsino and ruby fish.
The Thirty-Six, east of Slipper Island, was reported as providing good snapper toward the shallower area, while tarakihi, pink maomao and red snapper were evident around the deeper edges. A small area of rock about three-quarters of a mile north of the Thirty-Six produced all the tarakihi a small group of anglers wanted in just over an hour.
Slipper Island was rewarding for a number of boats that fished the eastern side in late evening, particularly toward the northern end and the Roller Patch.
Southeast of the Alderman Islands, in around 80m, a good catch of tarakihi, pink maomao and red snapper - with an occasional small hapuku and snapper of good size - was reported.
All in all, a great month for fishing, with good prospects for the coming months.
Waihi and Whangamata by Llew Jones
Ph 0274 978 136
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