What a wicked start to the summer fishing season, with settled weather over the last week giving fishos plenty of opportunity to go fishing. Snapper, kingfish, trevally, groper, bluenose and bass have all been fishing reasonably well for those making the effort to get out. The west coast, in particular, is starting to show some consistency in the snapper and kingfish fishing. Pipinui Point, Big Bay and up around Raumati are proving popular destinations for the boaties chasing snapper and trevally.
Just like the west coast, Wellington Harbour is starting to produce some snapper, and the kingfish are starting to show up as well. The number of gurnard being caught has been a pleasant surprise, with both shore based fishermen and boaties reporting good catches of large fish. What has proven popular for the gurnard, is the Kiwi Tackle Squid Rigs in a high-vis colour, enhanced with strips of fresh kahawai or trevally bait. It is nice to hear that the shore based anglers are having a bit of consistency with their fishing, both in the harbour and on the south coast, with moki making their presence felt for those venturing to the south coast. What is proving to be a very popular bait for moki is Paddle crabs cottoned to a 3/0 hook, or a cocktail of mussel and crab combined.
For those boaties venturing out on the south coast, the blue cod and tarakihi fishing has been very good, particularly off Wainuiomata and Five Mile Reef. Groper, bluenose and bass have all been caught over the last ten days, with jigging for bluenose becoming a more commonly used technique and is proving successful.
Watch the weather this time of year due to spring weather patterns being unpredictable, but take every opportunity to get out there and put a line in the water, as the fish are there to catch!
Tight lines Steve