Inner Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 110118

Inner Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 110118

11 January 2018

Despite damaged and debris-strewn ramps, and logs and branches aplenty floating around, the fishing around Rangitoto Channel and East Coast Bays remains surprisingly good. While the work-up action became visibly reduced immediately after the storm, some activity with kahawai and mostly small kings (2-5 kilos) can still be found; no doubt this activity will pick up and resume again as before.

Snapper sign is everywhere, but whether they will bite is another story! We've been finding depths around 7-13 metres seem to have the hungrier fish present. They're taking baits, but we've found soft-baits to be very effective, especially those presented on light half-ounce lead-heads. Soft-baits in yellow, brown and blue have all been working - so very diverse tastes - but greeny-orange coloured ones have been best, such as Gulp Camo and Z-Man Motor Oil. Average size is very solid - we caught around 30 snapper recently one morning, and only two were undersized. Some surprisingly big snapper are amongst them, but we've only caught them to around 3.5kg in recent times.

Mark Kitteridge

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