Strong northerly winds are making it hard for boaties to get out on both the west and south coasts. But when the wind drops off and gives anglers a chance to get out on the west coast, we are hearing of a few snapper starting to show up.
West Coast: When fishing for tarakihi over rough ground (such as off the ‘fence line’ south of Boom Rock or the north end of Mana Island), don’t be surprised if you start to catch a few snapper, as there are reports of them being caught in these areas. When slow-jigging for gurnard over the sand, there are a few snapper staring to show up in these areas as well.
South Coast: Just like the west coast, northerly winds are making it hard to get out, but when you can, the blue cod and tarakihi fishing is good, with gurnard also being caught over sandy areas. Spring is often the best time of year for gurnard, so make the most of catching this exceptional eating fish. Shore-based anglers don’t mind strong northerly winds as this makes for clean water and little swell on the south coast, with moki and trevally starting to be caught, along with some huge kahawai. It is well worth dusting off your surf rods and giving the South Coast a cast or two.
Spring is here, daylight saving is just over two and a half weeks away, and it is time to get ready for a summer of fishing!