With the prolonged settled weather combining with the silly season of corporate charters, we have been very busy at Hauraki Express. The work-up fishing has been exceptional for this time of year, and we have been finding gannet and dolphin action on a daily basis. The workups over the past week have been spread out over wide areas in the central Gulf, from the Coromandel ranges over to the outer cable zone south of Kawau. The excellent thing is the snapper have been biting well throughout the incoming and outgoing tidal cycles, with only occasional and briefs lulls at slack tide.
But snapper haven’t been the only thing keeping us entertained, good numbers of gurnard and kingfish have kept the bins interesting. The kingis have willingly been grabbing stickbaits, and both inchiku and kabura lures worked at standard snapper pace, ensuring some entertaining fights! Remember to fish your slow-jigs with a light drag to avoid tearing hooks out or breaking your line – it pays to remember that you can’t get reefed out in the middle amongst the workups so take it easy.
In terms of lure colours, green, blue, pink and orange have all been accounting for nice fish, and the calm conditions provide a great opportunity to fish those very effective micro-jigs in deep water.
Good luck for your festive fishing.
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke
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