Our impressive spring season rolls on and we are certainly not complaining.
Basically, if you are somewhere between 25-50m deep anywhere in the Gulf right now you will be catching snapper, and you'll probably be within sight of surface bird activity. The big snapper have followed the bait in close to the islands over the past couple of weeks, and some amazing slow- jigging sessions in 25-30m have ensued. An added bonus has been good numbers of kingfish prowling around these bait schools, with stickbaits and livies your best bet at snagging a few.
However, when the action winds down inshore, as it does periodically throughout each day or tide cycle, it pays to head further afield and do some big drifts with softbaits, kaburas or inchikus. This is especially pertinent on fine-weather weekends, when the hordes of boats chasing gannets around inshore tends to shut the action down.
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke