Summer fishing at it's best!
The school snapper have done their thing and have moved back out of the bay, back into deeper waters. Snapper fishing has become a lot more difficult, though a good feed can be caught on the sandbanks inside the islands. Some snapper will also be heading up the harbours and estuaries. They are, in general, a bit more fussy for the moment and we need to move more and find where they're hiding and lure them in. Different rigging techniques, like varying soft baits or slow jigs, can make the difference. Different strategies work on different spots and different days.
The snapper often have just a quick taste of the bait, so you'd better have the right timing when striking! The gear is, of course, a good factor as well! Preferably slightly softer rods and braid if you like, just to be able to feel the activity and create the action! In saying that, there are still some big fish out there!
The upside to the snapper moving out is that other species come out to play. We land blue cod, tarakihi, granddaddy hapuka, trevally and more in the Bay of Islands!
Kingfish are about in good numbers on the bait schools in close, and on the deeper reefs, but you need to be there at 'bite time' or you can miss out.
The big game season is underway, although the marlin are still a bit thin and scattered, and there are not many yellowfin tuna around. We expect this to improve over the next month or so. At the moment best bet is just to troll lures covering ground.
The weather has been and continues to be fantastic, so get out there and enjoy!
See you out there!
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