NZ's Latest Fishing Reports - 01/12/22

Hauraki Gulf - Bruce Duncan - Read on...

"With snapper in spawn mode, they are being fussy as to what they eat and are very light on the bite so, over the slack water, fishing without any weight is way more productive. Many people don’t realise that even in 20 metres, an unweighted bait will sink to the bottom with just the weight of the hook."

Hauraki Gulf - Espresso - Read on...

"With the recent onslaught of winds out west, the days at sea have been numbered. Good fishing continues from 35 out to 65 meters and beyond, with spring snapper still mostly hard on the bite."

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Smaller soft-baits and micro jigs have been fishing well inshore following the recent rain run-off.

Bream Bay - Grant Dixon - Read on...

"Out wide, the action has been great. Guide Nik Key was out in 90 metres of water north-west of the Chicks last week and got among some frantic work-up action. Nik says it was full-on with gannets, dolphins, and whales in attendance."

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Tauranga - Russ Hawkins - Read on...

"Mother Nature has been looking after her own, with just a few weather windows to get out and harvest kaimoana over the last two weeks."

The rules for deep-water species have changed. Anglers can only take two hāpuku or bass per day or a total bag of three for a multi-day trip. Photo: Grant Blair

Raglan - Murray Monds - Read on...

"With the recent onslaught of winds out west, the days at sea have been numbered. Good fishing continues from 35 out to 65 meters and beyond, with spring snapper still mostly hard on the bite."

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

"Out wide, the action has been great. Guide Nik Key was out in 90 metres of water north-west of the Chicks last week and got among some frantic work-up action. Nik says it was full-on with gannets, dolphins, and whales in attendance."

The bay continues to fish well for big schooling snapper – Highlander James Lentjes with a personal best.

Wellington - Pete Lamb - Read on...

"The fishing has been going well, with some good light winds of late, making all coasts fishable. Mana has been a bit inconsistent, but we did have a 40-50lb kingi around the boat the other day and caught five nice snapper just south of the bridge on the last charter."

Settled conditions have seen some good results, especially at the change of light when snapper have been on the chew.


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Canterbury - Simon McMillan - Read on...

"The word is out; kingfish have been caught in the bay! This is great news and certainly gets the Canterbury boat anglers frothing!"

Rotorua - Mike Davis - Read on...

"Some lovely browns have been caught in the shallows of Lake Rotorua. The northern side of the lake has seen these browns smelting up in the shallow edges, providing some amazing action for those who are prepared to stalk the shallows."

Pat Swift with just one of the 51 fish he and a mate jigged up on Rotoiti last week.

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