Winter fishing is in full swing now, with random good weather conditions that allow those lucky enough to take the opportunities to make the most of fishing when the good weather windows appear. Those that have been out and about have been getting in to some great fish on the south coast. The usual spots between the harbour entrance and Cape Terawhiti are producing good grouper and bass, along with cod and tarakihi in closer. This time of year you are always in with a chance of a trumpeter and coming across some good schools of warehou. Using pink flasher with strips of squid and a jig as a sinker is a great way to target these.
In the harbour, boaties and shore fisherman are reporting similar catches with red cod, gurnard, terakihi, kahawai and barracouta making up the bulk of the catches. It is nice to see a few snapper and tarakihi scattered in amongst the catches. The shortest day is well and truly past now, which means we are heading in the right directions towards spring and warmer days.
Stay warm and safe out there as this weather bomb passes!