NZ and Pacific Latest Fishing Reports - 23/03/23

Brought to you by Mercury, check out the latest from around the country. Find a weather window, get out there and drop a line...

Hauraki Gulf - Bruce Duncan - Read on...

"Lure fishing is now very hit-and-miss in the inner gulf. A well-known softbaiting advocate told me he covered an area from Rangitoto out to the Noises and on into the Firth of Thames, only to get a few small fish."

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Hauraki Gulf - Espresso - Read on...

"Tiny, tasty anchovies are on fire! Here, there – back there, way over there - one minute everywhere, then suddenly gone, but where?"

Hauraki Gulf - Snap Fishing- Read on...

"Autumn has turned out to be better than summer with crisp clear days and lots of bait and fish around the Gulf."

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Some of the better snapper have been caught mid-water on livebaits and jigs dropped around the bait schools.

Raglan - Murray Monds - Read on...

"With the days growing shorter and the water cooling, the snapper have been on the bite in the 20-35 metre depth range both north and south of the harbour entrance. Kingfish are still present and are taking cut baits over the sand, putting the gear and stamina of the anglers to the test. They are never far away from the reefs as well. "

The snapper are in prime condition post-spawning as they bulk up for the winter months ahead. 

Tauranga - Russ Hawkins - Read on...

"Great to have some very nice weather patterns lately and some good catches with a variety of fish.
The tarakihi size has been much better fishing in the 75 to 80-metre depths and the odd double or even triple hookup on these great-eating fish."

Bay of Islands - Garry Townley - Read on...

"The weather continues to be mostly settled and the shop has been doing a steady trade as a result. I went out last week for a morning fish and Mitch (aka Uncle) caught a thumper of a snapper on the old faithful slider.

Mitch with a nice snapper taken on a slider during a mid-week mission.

Canterbury - Simon McMillan - Read on...

The seasons are starting to feel like they are changing, which gets our trout anglers thinking about spawning fish, particularly in our lakes."

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Samoa - Greg Hopping - Read on...

"The fishing in Samoa continues to be rewarding, with the run of XL yellowfin tuna and blue marlin providing lots of anglers with the fish of a lifetime."

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Sally Asafo landed a 56.2 kg yellowfin to help Team Troppo win the SIGFA Terrific Tuna Tournament fished out of Apia earlier in the month.

Cook Islands - Greg Hopping - Read on...

"In sharp contrast to the last couple of months, the weather conditions for anglers and tourists alike have been perfect. Many hot ,sunny days and very little wind."

Norfolk Islands - Scotty Greenwood - Read on...

"As far as the fishing goes, we’ve had mixed results. Before the cyclone was great, with some nice catches of sweetlip and a few quality kingfish."

Fishing after the cyclone has been patchy, although there have been sweetlip on the bite.

Niue - Paul Pasisi - Read on...

"Recent visits to the offshore FADs have been producing better results, with medium-sized yellowfin tuna becoming more abundant. Small packs of mahimahi have also been hanging around, which is very early in the year for these."



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