Bay of Islands Fishing Report - August 20th, 2020

Bay of Islands Fishing Report - August 20th, 2020

20 August 2020

Although it is the middle of winter and the weather has been very ordinary, we are managing to get out there for the most part. 

On nice days, we have been heading out to the ‘puka grounds and the fishing has been getting better and better each time. Some nice ‘puka, bass, gemfish and even kingies have been coming up from the deep. Some days it is fast and furious, while other days are slower but we still get solid results.

Kingies are still proving a little harder than usual, though a few are starting to show up on some large bait schools in the bay. Hopefully they will continue to come in as the weather has made it difficult to fish the deeper reefs lately. 

Snapper fishing is at its usual winter stage with lots of pannies around and a few bigger ones among them. They are not hard on the bite and you need to be pretty focused to feel them. They are either in shallow or out in 50 metres or more. The problem with fishing in 50m+ depths is that any undersized fish you want to return won’t survive due to barotrauma. 

Squid fishing is in full swing with the average size getting well up now. Some very nice ones are being caught around the area. 

Good luck out there.

Tight lines,

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