The spring north-westerlies are here and this signals the start of the fishing season for those fisho's that packed away their gear over winter.
With the whitebait running, we are seeing some massive schools of kahawai throughout the harbour. Kahawai are such great fish to target on light gear and taste beautiful when smoked or made into some kebabs for that first summer BBQ.
Along with all the kahawai there are some nice gurnard and a couple of cheeky snapper showing up too. Fishing at night with small hooks and fresh squid will produce a few tarakihi and possibly a stray moki.
The south coast is fishing well for blue cod and kelpies in and around the reef and rocks. The open beaches are fishing well for spotted sharks, red cod and the odd trevally. At this time of year, be mindful that female spotted sharks are full of pups, so it's a good idea to release them and keep a kahawai or red cod instead for your dinner.
The fishing is going to get better and better from now on. With more daylight in the evening it gives you an opportunity to go for a fish after work and catch the change of light.
Now is the time to gear up for a summer of fishing.
Tight lines, Felix.