The numbers of kingfish being caught in Wellington Harbour continues to be fantastic. This is one of the few times that the shore anglers are catching really decent sized fish that equal to what the boaties can catch.
Live baits are well proven to be the most successful method to use, and I have caught a number of kingfish ranging from rat sized up to 15kg being my biggest, and we have had reports of kingfish up to 21kg. I choose to return the majority of the fish I catch back to the sea, but we have enjoyed one spectacular sashimi lunch at work. Fresh kingfish is such a versatile fish, it is beautiful eaten fresh and raw, sprinkled with lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper. It is great baked in slabs and fabulous smoked or in kebabs.
I have just had a good fishing yarn catch up with Jono from Cook Strait Fishing Charters who tells us that out in the Strait there are good numbers of terakihi when fishing in 70-100m, along with some exciting kingfish fishing. Hapuka fishing has really taken off and on board Cook Strait Fishing Charters boat Seafarer 2, the preferred baits are squid, pilchards, jack mackerel and fillets of barracouta. When fishing in the harbour and closer inshore, out on the South coast we use berly to help attract the fish to where our clients baits are, and this really does help increase catch figures.
The West coast still has awesome snapper fishing and some nice trevally being caught as well, along with a surprising number of big gurnard. There is still plenty of great fishing ahead as the water is at its warmest now, and we are looking forward to some fantastic late summer fishing.
Tight lines, Steve