It's been predominantly sunshine and calm winds in Coromandel so far this year with the exception of that usual weather bomb that seems to be a regular occurrence in this day and age. The combination of king tides made for some destructive conditions especially along the western side of the peninsula. The Thames coast road was by far the worst hit and it could be some time before things are back to normal. The road has now reopened with a few stop go areas in place so if you are coming up allow some extra travel time and most importantly be patient. The recent round of weather has had some impact on the fishing also pushing the kingfish out from the coast however it won't be long before they are back in close. We have seen an increase in the number of them around so it's a good time to target them. Snapper are starting to move in also with the mussel farms producing plenty of fish especially when a barge is harvesting. If you are planning to fish within the mussel farm be sure to comply with the rules put in place by the marine farm association. This includes no anchoring within the farms and only attaching to the top rope (the ones that are attached to floats) using a specific designed mussel farm hook is best. Show consideration when fishing around the barges working keeping your distance from the and not parking ahead of them and on the same lines they are working on. Many outer reefs are also holding snapper with places like Pauls Island and the Cow and Calf islands good places that often have snapper moving through them on their way to other areas.
As kingfish are around good tactic's that have been producing are stickbait worked in shallow water areas especially headlands. Softbaits have also been catching them with smaller four inch swimming mullet styles doing the business. Of course live baits slow trolled are also worth using as are jigs in deeper water areas.
Snapper are taking the usual softbaits, dead baits and micro jigs so a combination of these through the day will help get a good feed.
Good places to target the kingfish are Black Rocks with plenty of baitfish and kahawai schools around to keep them interested. Scallops are still around in large numbers even after the huge amount of pressure from the peak holiday period however the recent super moon that has brought the king tides has seen the scallop loose condition so it is best to wait a few weeks till they get some condition on.
The weekend weather conditions are looking perfect for heading out on the water with winds forecast to be under ten knots. Saturday afternoon could produce some rain and there looks like some clouds may keep things a bit cooler but the overcast conditions may be good for fishing.
If you are in the area and looking for some advice on places to fish then be sure to call in and see us. We also offer a fully stocked tackle store in Coromandel Town with the biggest range of softbaits and micro jigs in Coromandel Peninsula. Find us 2kms south of Coromandel Town on the main highway (just look for the kayak angler on top of our sign)
Tight lines Rob Fort
Coromandel Kayak adventures
1945 Tiki Road, Coromandel Town
021 294 1694 or 07 866 7466