It was slow but steady results for our charter vessels over the weekend. As the fishing has been so hot for so long we knew it couldn't last forever – accordingly we weren't surprised but we were disappointed!
Earlier last week George had nice work-up fishing inside the cable zone east of Takatu Point, while on Friday we took advantage of the stunning conditions and hurtled over to Great Barrier where we found tonnes of mackerel schools and some nice snapper and kingis giving them grief. Expecting the same on Saturday, we visited the same area – much to our dismay finding the bait in residence but not the predators! Drifting the 50m contours saved our bacon where we picked up some nice snapper. On Sunday Nick followed hundreds of gannets all the way to Cape Rodney and found gold at the end of the rainbow in the form of a huge work-up. Unfortunately, not many snapper were holding underneath – a very unusual situation for a prolonged work-up with hundreds of gannets and dolphins. We saved face again by hitting the 50m contours out from Kawau and had a couple of good drifts using kaburas to finish the day.
Green and orange seemed to be the pick of the lure colours and we have found the snapper to be biting best in the two-hour period leading up to high tide.
Good luck out there!
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke
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