NZ's Latest Fishing Reports - 09/03/23

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...

"Anchoring on just a few small bits of sign, I went into winter mode – with burley close to the bottom and a handful of chopped-up bait tossed in every 10-15 minutes. Casting lightly weighted small pilchard baits well astern, I let them slowly sink so the sinker would stay on top of the bait."

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Hauraki Gulf - Espresso - Read on...

"Feel that change? Cool and clear early mornings are just the best. Inshore channels and shores, kayak and land-based fishing is doing well; light-weighted 5” softbaits slowing descending are working their magic in the shallows – places like Kawakawa bay among the terns/petrels low-flying the area in large groups, for instance." 

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Bream Bay - Grant Dixon - Read on...

"It seems the fish switch from one to another. One day the bait fishers nail it, and another day it is the turn of the lure anglers. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to carry a bit of both – lures and bait – to cover the bases."

Andrew Walsh with a nice pannie taken on one of the recently arrived Hayabusa ‘Jack Eye Kune Kune’ jig.

Raglan - Murray Monds - Read on...

"Better-sized snapper and a mix of nice West Coast pannies have resulted in some good catches as the fish fatten up for winter. Once on the chew, the snapper are eating any sort of bait it seems."

Tauranga - Russ Hawkins - Read on...

"Back in Tauranga, I was out Monday and Tuesday with a really great group from Taupō who made the job an absolute pleasure – with plenty of laughs and some good fishing at Mōtītī Island."

The writer recently took a busman’s holiday to Great Barrier, where crayfish were on the target species list.

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

"The harbour has been fishing well, with snapper up to 5kg turning up from time to time. 2kg+ fish are common, and the snapper are in great condition."

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Albacore have been in the mix for those trolling out wide.

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

"In-shore, the snapper and kingfish are about, although, if social media is anything to go by, boating kingies has been tricky due to the persistent taxman presence."

English visitor Katie made a great start to her fishing career with this 18lb snapper she caught and released last week.

Canterbury - Simon McMillan - Read on...

"The weather has been a bit of a mixed bag this time around, but still, the opportunities have been there. Taking the chance when it’s there is the key, and that fits for both fresh and saltwater!"

The writer with a hāpuku caught on a Shimano Wing Fall slow-pitch jig.

Rotorua - Mike Davis - Read on...

"The Ngongotahā Stream is now clean and fishable. It has suffered flood damage, but good numbers of fish have entered the stream and will continue to do over the next few months."


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