Bay of Islands Fishing Report - 26/01/23

Hit and miss

It’s been tough finding the fish. I’ve had a few days out where we barely managed a feed. Customers report the same; some have great days while others have very little to report.

I fished the 50-55m area off Whale Rock last Sunday using sliders and, on a slow drift, landed a few good fish. Schools of skippies were sighted nearby and we had a great time trolling soft plastics around these. What a great fight on light gear!

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The consensus seems to be that the snapper are either in shallow or out deep. If I get a chance, I’ll be heading out to the 50m area again to try my luck, although if you stay in close to shore, you just might do better!

Reports from the big game fishers I similar; some days nothing, and on others quite a good bite. Mick Jepson went up to the Cape and tagged a stripey and landed a cracker of a shortbilled spearfish. Observing the multiple schools of skippies sighted last Sunday between 60 and 100m out in the middle of the Bay, I would suggest that you don’t have to go far to find a marlin.

Hena Eagle with a cracker 5kg fish she battled heroically on a Bender rod!

The weather has again turned about somewhat and the BOISFC’s El Dorado tournament planned to start yesterday was postponed a week. Fingers crossed that the weather improves for the holiday weekends, but unfortunately, it’s not looking that great with easterlies and rain forecast.

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Come into the shop to check out the latest in gear, get your bait, ice and berley, and most importantly, some genuine intel! We are open every day from 9am to 5pm (except Sat/Sun when we close at 4pm).

Tight lines,

Garry Townley

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