Bay of Islands Fishing Report - 16/05/24

Straylining effective

Team Zeus has been out there doing it again! Photos of huge crayfish, kingfish and snapper have been an almost daily arrival in my inbox. Not sure where these fellows go but I’ve seen them turn left at the Nine Pin. Not to worry, Captain Craig heads back to the USA at the end of this week which will allow the fish stocks to recover!

Meanwhile, I’ve continued with straylining in the shallows and been rewarded with a feed each time. We’ve been using skippy, kahawai and jack macks as bait but the fish certainly aren’t fussy at the moment. Plenty of lovely pannie-sized fish and that lazy softbait drifting way out the back still often delivers the biggest fish of the day. I’ve been meaning to head into the middle grounds and try some new slowjigs, but with the cost of fuel and no workups to be seen, I’m staying close to the ramp!

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Team Zeus with a couple of great crayfish.

Next on the competition calendar is the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club 54th Totalspan Yellowtail International Tournament over June 9-14. In the meantime, plenty of time to get out there and practice!

Come into the shop to check out the latest in gear, get your bait, ice and berley, and most importantly, some genuine intel! We have reduced our operating hours for the winter period and are open from 9am to 4pm, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun. As always, if you urgently need some supplies after hours just give me a call.

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I’m heading to the Boat Show this Thursday to have a gander at new products, so if you see me come and say hi!

Garry Townley

Screaming Reels
(021) 029 56596

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