The recent round of fantastic weather has meant perfect conditions to get out and enjoy what Coromandel has to offer. Water temperatures have shot up quite rapidly with close to twenty degrees reported around the coastline as I write this report. This has brought plenty of fish to the area including kingfish a welcome catch from the usual snapper. On the snapper front its worth going easy on them as they are ready to spawn and with the water warmer its likely to be happening already. Resisting that need to fill the bin with your limit of them will have an impact so consider this and play your part in preserving the fishery for future times and generations.
In terms of tactic's as we have finally hit summer conditions its best to head out early morning or late evening as these have proven to be the prime times of the day. If the morning turns out to be slow you can be sure the evening will fire better. Many fish are currently being caught using orange Kabura sliders, micro jigs and softbaits like gulp crabby's also proving worthwhile when the fishing is slower as snapper are feeding on small crabs. There are also lots of little fish around so upsizing the hooks if using bait will help prevent these juveniles getting on caught.
When looking at good places to find a feed the mussel farms down in the Firth of Thames are still consistently producing snapper. Moving up the coast towards Coromandel Town places like the Cow and Calf can be worth the effort especially before change of light. Up the coast towards Amodeo Bay a feed of snapper can be found within one hundred metres from shore at the prime times of the day. Further north from here snapper can be located out in deeper water from thirty to forty metres but as mentioned go easy on them as they are likely to be spawning. Scallops are in excellent condition also with good numbers around with places like the back of Rabbit Island out from Papa Aroha good locations to find them.
Conditions for this weekend are looking ideal with Saturday morning best as far as the wind goes and normal for the area. Sunday is the pick of them with variable winds. So it's a great weekend to get out on the water in Coromandel's western coastline before the holiday visitors show up and all the fish run scared because of the amount of noise and traffic on the water.
We will report on the area once more before the end of the year and as always if you are in the area be sure to call in to our fully stocked tackle and kayak store in Coromandel. Find us at our store 2kms south of Coromandel Town on the main highway (just look for the kayak angler on top of our sign) Finally check out the latest episode of Reels Screaming Kayaks on the NZ Kayak Fishing channel and you will see action from the 3 kings, yes that's right kayak fishing adventures at this wild location. The photo shows presenter Rob fort with an average size kingfish landed from his kayak during a visit in 2012. There is a section on fishing skutes, how to read a fish finder and more so check it out here