Well I certainly wouldn't want to be a snapper out in the Gulf at the moment! With a patch of settled weather and a vast swathe of bait from the cable zone to the Firth of Thames, the snapper have been subjected to more slow-jigs, lures and baits than they have seen for a long time.
The action hasn't been especially hard to find – it's just a matter of following the gannets around the 40m+ depths. The bait out there has primarily been pilchards, although there are some anchovy schools in shallower water around the Firth of Thames.
The hordes of kahawai have been the only blight on the scene if you're not that way inclined, although with a large average size they are providing great sport. Try to use heavier lures if you want to get down to the demersal snapper, or do long drifts away from the short-lived workups and kahawai to will steadily fill the bin.
There are some kingfish lurking around the bait also, but we have not seen many over the past week. Good schools of these wonderful fish should start coming into the Gulf in bulk as the water warms up and we're hoping for a repeat of last summer on the Kingfish front.
Now is a great time of year to get out there and hook up to hungry spring snapper and this is reflected in our bookings calendar!
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke