Snapper fishing in the harbour has been pretty consistent. What you can rely on is lots of small snapper and lots of red weed fouling your hooks and bait. You can absolutely guarantee that every day will be different. Don’t let those opening comments put you off though as with the right approach there are some very nice snapper around and in good numbers too.
To get around the small fish, use large hooks, my preference is 8/0 recurve hooks. To avoid the weed, fish shallow or in known low current areas and clear your line regularly. Even the smallest trace of that stringy red weed will stop fish from taking your bait. As for every day being different, the weather, tides and the mood of the fish all play a part and that's the challenge right there.
I look for structure such as where the Waiuku Channel merges with the Papakura Channel or areas with some form of structure on the bottom. Even the edges of the channels can be worth a shot. Deeper water can work well too, especially if you are a couple of hours each side of slack water.
There are still plenty of kingfish around but gurnard can be harder to find and that’s unlikely to change for another month or so.
Meanwhile, out across the mighty Manukau bar, snapper have been harder to find. When you do find them, the searching is all worthwhile with some good fish filling anglers bins. Torpedo fishermen are doing well when the swell is down, with fish to 15lb featuring in some catches.
Marlin will still be about but with not many boats getting out over the last week, where they show up is anyone’s guess. Recently an experienced angler lost a large blue marlin ‘well over 300kg’ after a three or four hour battle when the leader parted as the got the fish to the boat.
Blue marlin aren’t a common catch out west but the angler has caught many others both here and overseas and I have no doubt about the authenticity of this fishing tale! This fish was hooked in 120m, shallow for a blue but that is where most fish have been caught over the last month or so.