Bay of Islands - 'Major Tom II' 9/10/00
Fishing within the Bay remains quiet, though some very good fish have been falling prey to rock fishermen, and small boats fishing close in to the break. Just last weekend a 28lb snapper was taken just outside my lounge window at Tapeka Point, and another taken just around the peninsula at Longbeach weighed in at a fration off 20lb. Most of us are waiting expectantly for the schoolies to move into the Bay towards the end of the month, though good bags have been available for those willing to face the the recent winds, and do the hard work required to fish the 100 meter line.
Kingis have been a bit fickle, and our best fish remain the happy by-catch from hapuka trips out to the 200M line. Hapuka have finished spawning, but are still present in good numbers on the deeper reefs.
With fishing a bit slow, try having a bit of fun with kahawai and trevally on light tackle. They are responding well to berley around Cape Brett, and are pretty easy picking. A larger bait, floated further back in the berley trail will also give the option of a kingi or large snapper, if the razor gang don't get therer first.
As always, drop me a line at MAJOR.TOM@xtra.co.nz if you have any queries
Report type: Saltwater
Report date: 09 October 00