Bay of Plenty - "PURSUIT
Bay of Plenty Update
What a difference a few days make! After such a depressing situation (and getting worse) since New Year, nearly all is forgiven now (with still some catch-up). The steady nor east flow we’ve experienced over the past week has pushed some spectacular cobalt blue water into the BOP with some starling results – read on.
Once again, as per the last two seasons, this region seems set to explode. Already there have been numerous “Bust ups” with blue marlin with a 266 kilo specimen landed recently. While this last capture pales in comparison with the recent 420kg leviathan, it's representative of what we can expect over the next month or more from this prime location.
Additionally there has been a scattering of mahi mahi, striped marlin, shortbilled spearfish and yellowfin tuna for spice. If you’ve got any days spare this locale will be well worth visiting soon.
As with the far eastern BOP, this central area becomes more interesting by the day. Aside from reasonably consistent fishing for yellowtail kingfish, (yes, the bronzies have still been a factor but not to the same extent) the trolling has been fairly productive for exotics. Blue and striped marlin are making an appearance as well as spearfish and what appears to be good numbers of mahi mahi. This latter species have been lots of fun on light tackle with several good sessions had (6-12 fish) under flotsam in the last few days, including 2 NZ records.
While there have been some great sessions, consistancy is certainly lacking. Te Kaha is still the pick and when you hit it right, its bonanza time with many fish over ten pounds – some approaching the magical 20lb mark.
Continues it's great ways when weather permits. The water there is beautifully warm with a few YFT around to the north. Tuna continue to be on the endangered species list, with only a handful coming into Whakatane over the past three weeks. One positive aspect is slightly larger size of the rare catches (30’s).
We finally have got good conditions, expect some great catches from now on – thank goodness!!
Report type: Saltwater
Report date: 16 February 01