Eastern Coromandel - November 2012
Tarakihi in good numbersMARTY BOWERS
The weather has restricted most fishers to close-in or land-based fishing the majority of the time.
Kontikis have been producing well off Simpsons and Opito, with some nice snapper catches most days, along with the odd gurnard. When you can get out, the bigger snapper are on the foul and hugging the islands still.
Expect the fish to start schooling up out on the sand soon. At this time it is easy to catch your limit in a very short time, so take only what you really need.
Tarakihi are out there in good numbers, with the best catches coming from around the Maori Lady and Old Man Rock in about 30m. A trip to the pipi beds before heading out will almost guarantee a good bag, and if you strike a calm day, drifting over the worm beds is probably your best bet. There have also been quite a few small hapuku caught along with the tarakihi in these areas. Bigger hapuku are in good numbers out deeper and still biting well. Try the bank at Red Mercury and all the scattered bits of foul between Whale and Red.
Crays are potting well now and divers will find them in shallow for the next month or so. Most are out of berry, but there is the odd late one.
Opito seems to be the pick of the scallop spots, but that is likely due to the weather more than anything else, with screaming southwesterlies making Home Bay an uncomfortable prospect.
Eastern Coromandel by Marty Bowers
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