It's well worth getting out on the water between the constant low pressure weather systems we are now experiencing. Anyone who has done so can be rewarded, but this will come down to perseverance and being in the right place. Water temperatures have dropped significantly and are sitting between 16.5 to 17.5 degrees Celsius. This has put the fish in various feeding modes during the course of a day. The cold southerly winds are certainly having an impact on the feeding habits and can be frustrating especially when the sounder is lit up with fish sign.
One great thing this colder weather has produced, is trevally, with plenty of them in close and they certainly make a great addition for the table. On the snapper side, there seems to be plenty of small pan size fish around the Coromandel peninsula coastline currently, which are great eating especially as they are putting on winter fat. In terms of tactics, the usual early morning or late evening has proven to be worth the effort, though not crucial, with the fish feeding at random times throughout the day. Focus on both shallow water close to coastline as well as out in depths of up to thirty metres. This can offer individual fish cruising the shallows and large schools of snapper, kahawai and trevally with the odd kingfish also.
Some work ups are around, especially on the eastern coastline and are well worth investigating. There are some very large schools of slimy mackerel in the upper western coastline, out in thirty metres of water. Being a lure angler has proven to be really productive, especially on softbaits and micro jigs.
The great thing about this time of year is a lack of boats on the water. This gives you a patch all to yourself, which is ideal when offering lures. It's well worth searching for those schools of fish and dropping down into them with micro jigs, as this can be really productive. They are also effective when the fish are proving hard to get. Different softbait patterns like Crabby's can make all the difference. Smaller minnow shapes are also worth using in this situation, as the fish are keener to snack than feed hard-out.
Good places to find a feed, currently include the usual mussel farms down in the Firth of Thames and even those at Deadman's and Coromandel harbour can prove worthwhile. The odd fish can also be found out around the islands from Goat to the Happy Jacks and Black rocks. Further north, from Colville right up to the Port Jackson is still offering good numbers of snapper.
My pick for the coming few months is Fletchers Bay and down the east coast, where the snapper are starting to show up in large numbers along with other species. This area will also offer larger trophy fish plus schools of terakihi will start to show up in deeper water.
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