Excellent sea conditions but a non-favourable moon phase has seen the fishing in Bream Bay a little tougher this last week.
The bite times have been shorter but when the fish have come onto the chew, the results have been quite good.
On Sunday we headed out from Waipu Cove to fish the area known as The Fingers - an obvious name when you see the bathymetric chart – and threw a few plastics around in 30 metres of water. There was a good bite early on and we had a few runs on the board before everything shut down.
We moved a little further towards Bream Head and a little deeper. This spot (35 56.189 174 36.330) has produced well recently and we were not disappointed on this day with good snapper to 4kg as well as several XOS gurnard and a couple of JD’s taking the soft-baits. The old favourite Z-Man ‘Bruised Banana’ tails were the best producers, although several others were tried. An hour or so either side of the high tide appears to be fishing well and the afternoon bite has been better than the morning one.
The Bay is currently full of ‘rat’ kingfish. There were some decent bust-ups on the 40 metres mark as they chased what appeared to be anchovies.
Several anglers chasing kingfish had some good action opposite the rocks between Waipu and Langs Coves. One kayak fisherman tangled with what he called for a 25kg specimen and had it not busted him off, he was certain it was going to tip him out!
The foul out from the Waipu golf course has also been producing the goods for the bait and berley brigade.
The Auckland Blues rugby team were staying at Camp Waipu Cove over the last few days and five local kontiki ‘experts’ took them out for an evening fish. Over what was seven sets of 25 hooks, there was not one snapper caught, a small hammerhead being the only thing landed. The boys were last seen heading for the takeaway shop!
Divers report good cray catches around the Anderson Cove - Bream Tail area, including a few good packhorses. Their advice – the bugs are all in shallow. The scallops in Whangarei harbour are still in good nick, but unless you get onto ‘spot X’, they have been well picked over.