Bream Bay Fishing Report - May 20th, 2022

Gurnard On The Bite Early

Anglers snapper fishing off the big sand dune at Mangawhai have reported an increased presence of gurnard, in both numbers and size, earlier than in previous seasons.

Dave Gurr from Mangawhai Top Catch reports that the most consistent performer has been the orange slider, closely followed by the 60-gram Weasel slow-pitch gigs. Dave also says the land-based anglers who like to fish Bream Tail are starting to crank up some good snapper, while those in smaller boats and kayaks are also doing well there in just a few metres of water.

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The patches of foul right along from Bream Tail to Langs Beach, and as far as Ding Bay, will start to produce bigger fish for the bait and berley addicts, especially where a change of tide coincides with a change of light.

Tony Orton took a ‘busman’s’ holiday last Monday and joined me aboard Tackle Tester for a session to gather some fresh fish for our Wellington whānau. We fished micro-jigs and smaller five-inch soft-bait tails – the Atomic Sunrise colour doing the business for us in 30 metres of water, at a spot we call “The Fingers”. Check out a bathymetric chart and it is obvious where I am talking about; the location is approximately three nautical miles from Bream Tail.

Despite getting there at daybreak, the action was slow. Moving out a little deeper out, in the direction of Bream Head, we noticed a few gannets gathering. It eventually turned into a full-on workup which we made the most of. Instead of chasing the fast-moving dolphins and gannets, we fished the work-up ‘exhaust’ (where the workup had already been through) and soon had all the fish we needed.

Marsden Cove-based charter boat Sumo, with Steve Martinovich at the helm, has been fishing the Bream Head/Ocean Beach area out to 70 metres where there is the odd patch of foul if you know where to look. Steve says it has been good to see the kahawai back in the Bream Head area, after an absence of some time.

 

Grant Dixon,

Mangawhai

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