Majestic Orca graced the northern Noises area this week – they're captivating to watch especially when it's 5kt variable winds on a mercury-smooth sea. Despite the great show, they've been putting a halt to any decent bite that is happening in the vicinity - you win some, you lose some I guess!
Further afield has been the best bet in terms of snapper catching consistency in the gulf. The mid-ground was deserted there for a while, void of fish and bird life for a time it seemed. Little Barrier and the top of Coromandel western side have been the hot-ish spots while a lot of the middle gulf paused, no man's land. Solid snapper and kingfish are in both these areas, so be prepared with the good gear as any weaknesses will be used against you.
Jet skiers speed has been paying off with recent fleeting weather windows – some don't even look open but opportunities of a few quick hours with calmness is possible. With a bit of lateral thinking, not always at your go-to spot x, the advantages of smaller fishing craft like jet skis and kayaks are being shown off more and more. Bait-free tackle, lighter stronger rods and reels particularly suited to this style of fishing are the go – and the success can be a real eye-opener.
Lots of land-based anglers are getting into summer evening fishing, and rightly so as there is plenty of snapper and kingfish in the estuaries and around wharves. Whether fishing in highly populated areas or well out off the beaten track, it is a great time of year to be enjoying a landbased session or two, the air temps are good, so why not an evening shoreline session solo or with a mate.
Marlin have had a rest from the hum of many boats out there - due to the high wind speed of late, and they earned it with dozens (yes dozens!) of marlin being tagged out from Gt Barrier last weekend in a competition.
Learning The Secrets Of Lure Fishing seminars – we've had a great response to these! It has been amazing to be a part of this, with so many like-minded anglers passionately sharing knowledge, experiences and better ways to enjoy our fishing.