Bream Bay Fishing Report - November 4th, 2021

Fish aplenty in the bay and beyond

This is a great time of the year to be fishing in Bream bay and you don’t have to go very far for a decent feed – at either ends of the bay.

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Coming out from Whangarei the baitfish and gannet action is still out in front of Ruakaka. Find the birds and find the fish. But the fish and the birds are a bit like us humans, they don’t constantly feed all the time. And like us humans, the birds like a bit of a rest after a big chow down, so if the gannets are not flying, look for them and their other feathered friends  lazing about. Run around the area where the action may have been, and the bait schools and predators will generally not be far away.

Charter operator Steve Martinovich says when he has been able to get a crew aboard Sumo – COVID and the border controls has seen many cancellations – he reports the fishing as being un-real, binning out most times. He most often has been fishing in 30-40 metres just out from Three Mile Reef on the sand. A little while back he ventured a little further out towards the Chicks and came across a stack of big fish, the best of which was in the 10.5-11kg range.

Last week he made the most of a decent weather window and headed to the Mokohinau Islands where he found some great action – fishing baits down a berley trail in 30 metres. He says the fish were not monsters, but there were some cracker eating fish to 8-10lb.

While on the subject of the Mokohinaus. Tony Orton of Offshore Adventures launched his new charter vessel – an Extreme 795 Centre Cab yesterday, appropriately named Stella – and that arrived in Mangawhai on Thursday to begin its working life which sees it operating regularly in Mokohinau waters. Good luck Mr Tony!

Others fishing out of Mangawhai have not had to venture quite so far. My neighbour in his appropriately took his dad out for a fish at the weekend and went no further than 30 metres off the bar and brough home a nice catch of pannie snapper and good-sized gurnard.

Dave at Mangawhai Top Catch says his customers have been heading around to the Waipu Rivermouth where there has also been some good action in close. Soft-baits and sliders have been doing the business and there has also been a brisk trade in metal jigs.

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