Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - 04/04/24

Party time!

Inshore fishing and offshore fishing are on now. It’s that perfect time of year to be out there, and not far either – Rangi Channel, North Shore bays, Tamaki Strait, under the Harbour Bridge, all the close possies you know and love to enjoy fishing. Good snapper, kahawai and mackerel supplies – with their bellies full of anchovies, or trying to be. If you see the terns working, fish there of course, but also take note, the snapper don’t tend to rush around as much as the kahawai. Snapper linger longer, so get those micros and small softbaits out, bouncing the bottom half metre of water in and just off the mud. MC Hammer – snapper time.

And don’t forget the landbased pop-up mob opportunities, from the Whangaparaoa Peninsula to over and along the stunningly picturesque drive from Thames to Coromandel. Fishing the very shoreline right at your feet some days can be superb for the prepared and fortuitous.

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Workups moving along at higher speeds are often a good indication of kahawai in pursuit.

It’s been great to see the workups pump up the volume off the top of Waiheke and further out over into the middle ground of the Gulf – some quite fast-moving as the dolphins and gannets do their best to chase down their autumn feed.

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Workups moving along at higher speeds are often a good indication of kahawai in pursuit, so if you’re after some good smokin’, sashimi or sizzlin’ skin on BBQ sessions, the kahawai can be readily obliging. They’re in roe at the mo’ and aggressive on the bite,

If you’re after the snapper down nearer the sea floor, avoid your skirts, tassels, flasher materials, kabura sliders, and slow descending inchiku jigs – the more skirt to bite at, the more kahawai are likely to hook up. Go heavy metal – nice big jigs, no flasher material on bare hooks if you can, just big heavy slow pitch jigs with a single hook are a great plan of attack. Here’s a quick ‘n easy way to get most of your jigs to drop faster and more directly.

If you’re after the snapper down nearer the sea floor, avoid your skirts, tassels, flasher materials, kabura sliders, and slow descending inchiku jigs.

Being autumn, and with that big full moon calming down, expect good times, and great fishing. Right, I’d love to sit and chat more, but gotta go bro, off fishing to catch all sorts, inshore or further out!

Cheers!

Captain Espresso
www.catchfishing.pro

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