I had to ask Phatso if he'd been drinking...
"I know I sound like a blithering idiot but there's a marlin free jumping in 40m off Tiri" he burbled...
"What the....Are you sure? How big? and more importantly... where the heck are you guys?!"
So off we went with a box full of hard fighting snapper to go marlin fishing at Tiri!
Sure enough, there it was tailing on the surface, sunbathing....but alas not interested in the offerings we had for it. We had it alongside the boat many times, all lit up and providing some excellent viewing for our crew. I would be back with some livebaits the next day.
Snapper fished and livebaited all day to no avail except for a boot load of snapper and a pretty good kingfish but never saw the marlin again. Keep your eyes peeled.....
The middle gulf has been going off! Snapper to around 8kg this week and some personal bests for our anglers. Both soft baits and fresh baits have been doing the business with bite times around moon rise and moonset. The new moon slows things down a bit but stick it out as the fish will come on the bite at some stage around those times.
Get a few livies going when you're out next too as the kingfish are hanging around the kahawai schools are are in with the snapper too. Set a livie on the bottom and on the surface too to maximise your chances. They are not too much of a problem to land out here as it is mostly a sandy bottom with little or no structure to reef you in.
Closer in has picked up quite dramatically with some good snapper being taken from the shallows around Rangitoto, along the East Coast bays and from some of the channels and holes around Waiheke. Chatter on the radio along the lines of "We're slayn em!" and "Heading in ...we filled the bin" are common so it seems that the fish are just about everywhere.
Get out there and enjoy what is still a great fishing season. Check out our website for casual dates or to find out what we get up to out here and how to go about be part of it.
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