West Coast Waikato - October 2012
Long-time skipper quitsCHRIS BUNGARD
Wetting a line in Raglan's picturesque harbour.
Over the equinox the daylight hours and dark hours are equal, and with it generally comes more wind from the west and southwest.
We have had, and will continue to have, plenty of fishing days lost due to the weather, but the fishing prospects look exciting for the new season. (I call it a season because it is the start of when the spawning snapper move in along the coast.) Generally these fish are bigger and fatter than usual, so it is a time when many anglers head west to try and bag themselves their first twenty-pound-plus snapper. The chances of doing this increases from September through to December out west, where it's as good or better than anywhere else in God's Own.
Dwade Pinny has already had some excellent days out. Most of the success has come from in and around 54-56m of water; presumably there is a good food source of some type at that depth.
Next time you head out and have a live-bait tank on board, keep a few of the big mackerel often caught.
Make up a 'White Island' live-bait rig with an 8-10 oz running ball sinker on your main line, a good ball-bearing swivel, and 2-3m of 40-60kg trace (fluorocarbon preferred) with a good quality live-bait hook tied on the end. Drift a live bait over the foul ground off the southern end of Gannet, about two thirds of the way down, for some good kingie action. This is much more successful than suspending a live bait under a balloon.
Charter skipper Aaron Laboyrie is hanging up his sea boots, and the good ship Taranui has departed Raglan.
Aaron knows the coast like the back of his hand and has put huge smiles on the faces of many happy anglers. From me and all who have shared the pleasure of fishing with Aaron on one of his boats, thank you mate, it has been great, and I'm sure we will see you out there, turning the wheel on some other vessel at some stage.
West Coast Waikato by Chris Bungard
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