Bay of Island Fishing Report 051018

Bay of Island Fishing Report 051018

05 October 2018

Spring is here!

The snapper fishing in the Bay has been very good throughout the winter and into spring with the best fishing being in the shallows of less than 15 metres. Things are changing now though with the first of the breeding snapper arriving, and some hot bites are going on around Mitas foul area.

Last night we had a really big snapper hooked on out on 25 meters, so the signs are definitely here. Softbaits and skutes have been working well on the school fish with nuke chook and lime tiger colours doing very well. We can expect to see more and more snapper arriving in the Bay over the next couple of months.

Kingie fishing has been a little harder than usual lately, but there have still been some very good fish up to 30kg taken around the Cape Brett area.

There has also been, interestingly, a few slender tuna caught recently as a by-catch when targeting kingfish.

It has been a really magical time for squid fishing, too! We have been having a great time over the winter, eging (squid jigging) off the Russell wharf at night. On good nights we are catching a dozen or more large broad squid, and so far we have had a 100% success rate, having never missed taking at least one home. Just remember to cover the pier a bit since the squid do mess quite a lot with their ink!

The water temperature is on the move now with a rise of a degree or so over the last ten days, so things are changing as we move towards the summer. Bring it on!

The Spot X Charters team 

Phone: 0279454357
Email: [email protected]

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