Last week has been a challenge with rough weather and rough seas! Fortunately, we've had some fine days between weather systems to compensate!
Snapper fishing around the Bay of Islands has been relatively consistent around the inshore areas. The water temp has dropped to around 16 degrees, and the fish are moving into winter mode, so berley and patience are a good way to go! Maybe go for a little longer trips if you plan to go out, around five hours should do.
Kingfish have been going well, though sharks have been a real headache, taking any kingfish that are hooked up in just about every location where we fish for kingies. The cooling water will help to move the majority of the sharks on so; hopefully, this will help in the coming weeks.
The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club will host the annual International Yellowtail Tournament over next week. This year is the 50th year for this amazing competition and will be a huge event for the club and the town. Fishing on 6 or 8 kg line only this competition is always a great challenge as well as a very social week for all involved. The weather forecast looks promising so far, and we welcome all teams, both New Zealanders and international anglers, to the Bay!
The marlin have moved on, but swordfish are about so the focus has moved to these gladiators of the sea with some impressive captures being made recently.
And don't forget about the amazing hapuka to be caught on the deep reefs that puts a golden touch to the winter fishing!
Captain Hamish, SpotX Fishing Charters, Bay of Islands