Our 3-boat fleet spent last weekend competing in the Extreme Boats fishing tournament in Whitianga and me oh my yes boy did we have some fun! With too many big kingfish and almost certainly too many consumed beverages to count, we returned to the Hauraki Gulf and instantly got stuck back into snapper slow-jigging.
Much like last week, the largest concentrations of bait have been the large mackeral schools in the southern Kawau Island area, pilchard schools north of D’Urville Rocks and across to the Firth of Thames, and some surface kahawai schools hanging around in deep water off the top of Coromandel. Yesterday the dolphins lead us to the pilchard schools and great work-up fishing ensued. It was not uncommon to look around and see every rod buckled over with either the slow thump of a nice snapper or the erratic pulsations of a kahawai.
On the way home we pulled up into a secluded cove and our clients made a well-deserved toast to the Hauraki Gulf – we are very lucky to have this place on our doorstep.
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke