Despite winter being in full swing fishing has proven to be fairly productive in many areas.
Heading out into the Firth of Thames and up as far as Coromandel Harbour has been giving some great rewards, especially where birds are sitting or even working at times.
The mussel farms have also continued to offer a good feed, especially in the Firth of Thames and around Deadmans point. Away from the farms use the sounder to locate fish and if bait fishing, drop the anchor and get a berley trail going to complement some stray lined whole, dead baits. Drifting with dead baits can also work well, but micro jigs and soft-baits are by far the better option.
Up the coast on the western side, areas like 'happy jacks' can be worth visiting especially early in the morning and late afternoon with some nice snapper in the shallows.
Granite wharf, up and around to Fletchers Bay, is well worth a visit also, offering plenty of snapper of a decent size. This is also the case right down the eastern coast to Whangapoua with snapper both in close and also, out in deeper water.
Gurnard have been showing up in good numbers and can be found out on the sand in depths from 15 meters out to 35 meters - the best way to find them is to keep your eye on your sounder while doing a few drifts.
On the diving side, the crayfish have moved in close and females are holding eggs with some crays also shedding their shells, so are best left alone. In saying that, there are still some that are not in the soft shell stage so it can be worth dropping down if you're looking for a feed.
Happy winter fishing.
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