It’s not always easy to put a report together when the weather is against you so I selflessly took a day of work to go for a midweek fish just to bring you the latest action report from the west side of Auckland.
Gurnard are in great condition and they will most likely be your main catch. I found them mostly in 10m on an incoming tide on the edges of the channels but the small guts running off the banks into the channels are likely to fire best at the start of an outgoing tide. Don’t be afraid to fish as shallow as 2m, just don’t get caught out by the rapidly dropping water levels.
Our efforts in deep water in the harbour are only resulting in spiny dogfish and eels with snapper few and far between. Kahawai are easy to find and I’ve found the area from Pupunga Point through to Wattle Bay a very productive ground for the bigger fish. I prefer to look for terns and gannets and either cast and retrieve lures and softbaits or slowly troll a small lure around the birds. Bait fishing works fine too but lures are much more fun and every bit as productive for catching kahawai.
Unfortunately the west coast has been mostly inaccessible and I can’t give you an update for that part of the ocean but typically at this time of year you can expect plenty of shark action. Snapper will still be around no doubt about that and to give yourself the best possible chance go straight out to 60m. If there are more sharks than your tolerance can manage then move. Keep your baits smallish and use plenty of weight with at least a 60lb trace. Dropper rigs are the way to go. I’m really looking forward to late September as the big snapper will be starting to school up and they will be hungry!
Till then, stay safe.