We've had a consistent easterly swell pushing in through the week which has given everything a good old stir up. Prior to that the visibility on the coast was extraordinary, almost tropical like. And with the great diving conditions were loads of crayfish, especially big packhorse, holding in 8-15m of water. A few of our local rocks had some of the best nests of crayfish we've seen in a long time.
There was a good supply of bait on the coast before the swell hit, and some good kingfish with it, even up in the harbours we were seeing the swirl of big kingfish harassing flounder. We hooked into some nice sized kingfish during our snapper strayline sessions on the coast.
The puka and bluenose have been biting hard out wide on the weather windows and been in good numbers. 200m+ has been the depth for hapuka and 300m+ for bluenose. Hitting the drop offs of the deep reefs in 120m+ had been the ticket to the big 25-30kg kingfish. Livebaits have been the way to go with the cooler water, and sitting things out for the bite, which will always come in winter, but sometimes you just have to wait for it. Some solid kingfish have been hitting the decks each trip.
If you would like to check out some of my available trips coming up chasing kingfish, hapuku, snapper and bluenose check out www.carlmuirfishing.co.nz/availability or call me on 021 227 4354