Autumn workups are here! Huge schools of anchovies have arrived and it won't be long until the pilchards come in.
The weather has calm down a bit wind wise and we should have smooth seas with great visibility. This make it easier to see the bait schools and rafts of gannets (they will sit in an area on top of the bait and predators waiting for the dinner gong). We saw this a couple of weeks ago as we were heading to a spot. The gannets were rafted up over a large area so we started drifting through them and bang, started catching snapper. All of a sudden the birds got up and I saw dolphins coming towards us. We had a couple of hours of amazing workup fishing right where we had stopped!
The fishing has started to get better closer to Auckland now and we are still catching good snapper in the inner harbour around the container wharves on the way home from a day out wide. The inner islands and places like Park point, Motuihe, Rangitoto channels and the East Coast bays are firing with good schools of hungry pan size snapper.
Anchorite and towards Great Barrier, top of the Coromandel and along the outside of the cable zone in about 45m of water is where to find the bigger fish (40-80cm).
There are some good sized kingfish in the gulf and we are also targeting them as well as snapper to mix it up.
We had a great day on 25th of March fishing huge schools of anchovies. They were hiding under the boat which meant we had a ring side seat to the Kahawai smashing through the schools over and over again, producing a natural burly trail for us, as we dropped our jigs to the hungry snapper below.
See you out there!
Capt Nik (Snap)
"Nothing ventured nothing gained"
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