It’s been a real mixed bag on the weather front this week and the same can be said with the fishing. The afternoons have been producing the better bite times. Snapper numbers are fairly healthy however, there is a lack of eating sized fish so be prepared to work for a feed. Using softbaits and micro jigs have assisted with enticing the better size fish which can be located both out deep and in the shallows.
Work ups have slowed down on previous weeks out in the upper areas. Down towards the firth of Thames seems to be the better option. Gannets are also diving in close along the western coastline of the upper areas close to granite wharf with plenty of bait fish which are attracting kingfish also. Interestingly they are proving hard to entice with live baits. Despite plenty of ideal kahawai and mackerel around, they are more keen on jigs, softbaits and stick baits with surface lures proving to be the most effective in close to the coastline. In fact even other lures like skutes seem to be getting the attention of these powerful predatory fish which can be testing on the lighter gear when you hook one. If you are lucky enough to hook into a kingfish then chances are you may lose the battle yet some smaller legal fish will be possible in the right area where foul ground is further away like the one in the video with this report caught on Tuesday out from Papa Aroha.
Moving down to the areas out from Papa Aroha and Amodeo Bay the fishing is proving to be challenging yet shallow bays in close to the islands are producing the odd nice snapper. Closer toward Coromandel Town it’s the same story with snapper however it’s a different story in the Firth of Thames according to skipper Jordan on Joint Venture from Coromandel Fishing charters.
There are very good numbers of snapper to be caught within the mussel farms and really good size fish on offer also. By all accounts timing is everything and if the morning proves to be slow then the afternoon and evening will likely be the best option.
On the scallop side of things they are still in fairly good number despite plenty of pressure and in great condition so it’s a good time to get a feed of these tasty shellfish. As far as this weekend goes its looking like the easterly winds are continuing so this side of Coromandel will be a good option with calmer waters more likely in closer to the western coastline.
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