NZ's Latest Fishing Report - 17/05/23

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...

"Floating baits are less likely to get snagged, but the downside is being unable to keep an eye out for bites. This is where fresh bait pays off big time. A jack mackerel cut in two and hung on the hook forces the snapper to get more aggressive on the bite, whereas defrosted pilchards just get chewed off without you knowing."

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Hauraki Gulf - George Bourke- Read on...

"Those tiny anchovies, relentlessly hounded by all and sundry, from the tasty little aji (mackerel) and hard-charging kahawai, to some snapper and even the odd kingfish."

Raglan - Murray Monds - Read on...

"The continuing easterly onslaught seems to have driven good fish close to shore. This has resulted in some good action in 32 metres or less, where it has been possible to get some reasonable shelter the closer inshore you move."

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Manukau/West Coast - Smudge - Read on...

"I’ve been scraping the bottom of the fish bin looking for excuses for the lack of reports lately. Stuff like: ‘steering on the boat is bust’; ‘the weather has been rubbish’; ‘I’ve got covid’; and the good old classic ‘I have to wash my hair’. All those scenarios are true apart from the last one. 

What I do know is that the harbour has been fishing very well for snapper with fish up to 60cm and that is pretty flash by anyone’s standards."

Bream Bay - Grant Dixon - Read on...

"Trevally continue to be on the chew both inside the harbour and beyond, with the kahawai being in great condition after an autumn of gorging on the anchovies . One of the most meritorious catches was a metre-long kingfish caught by top angler Andrew Tohu fishing off the McLeods Bay Wharf. Andrew was using softbait tackle and the fish had him chasing it along the shore before it was finally landed."

Sandra Leech and fiancé Leo Liua’ana with a couple of the better fish caught around the sporadic workups in Bream Bay aboard Tackle Tester. 

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