The great winter fishing has continued right through the first month of spring with big schools of pilchards and anchovies providing quality nourishment for all sorts of marine predators. Over the last few weeks the action has moved slowly but surely from the Firth of Thames over to the Western Gulf. The current hot area for workups is between Kawau and Tiritiri Matangi Islands – both inside and outside the cable zone.
While the fishing is stunning when the bite is on and/or you find a sustained workup, patience is required if you don't hit the peak feeding times. Normally if the gannets are sitting around and looking a bit lazy then this will be mirrored by the snapper underneath. It will be interesting to see what the impending full moon does to the snapper bite as it often coincides with tough fishing.
Large kahawai have been providing plenty of fun, and we have managed to tease some nice kingfish from the reefs surrounding Kawau Island. Don't ignore the inner Kawau area as we recently had a pack of pesky kingfish stealing livebaits off our sabikis on the sheltered bait grounds!
If you enjoy seeing the natural wonder of a rampaging workup coupled with stacks of good-sized snapper, then we suggest you get out there right now!
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke