Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 020819

Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 020819

02 August 2019

Longer light means more fishing time, which is great news. With frostfish caught in the Craddock Channel, there's no doubt there is plenty of time to continue more of this excellent winter fishing – only one more month in fact until spring springs into action.

Someone has left the Antarctic freezer door open. The past couple of days sure has increased the chill factor in the wind, making beanies essential. Strong winds and robust tidal currents are combining right now, which means significantly choppier waters out wider. However, when combined with other factors, the bite is good and worthwhile chasing.

It is a good time to get prepared for the next fishing mission. Being 100% ready at the drop of a hat as the weather changes are fast and can often come a day or two early.

If you're into the simple pleasures of a land-based session or right in tight, you'll find that there are a few hard-charging reds, kahawai or perhaps a kingfish around, waiting to be tamed. Among other places this week the Hibiscus coastline has had some more pop-up workup action, here one hour, gone the next – they've got to be somewhere every day. When it's on, it's all-in action, the whole nine yards. Also, Tiri Channel and Environs have been similarly productive (not all the time). These flurries spark everything up, so target all species when the bite is on, it may be brief. Stay in the area for hours though, as although the birds may leave the area, many fish remain, waiting for a small, convenient lure to flutter by.

Squid are also getting caught in good numbers – big city bright lights, and night fishing. New moon, new month, new location, new species, winter is what you make it, what wonders will it bring for you?

Cheers,

Espresso

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