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.