Good news folks – the snapper that had taken up residence around Great Barrier and the top of Coromandel are now penetrating further into the Gulf. Workups, although not big or prolonged yet as can be expected, have been encountered on a daily basis anywhere from North of the Noises, across and into the Firth East of Shag Island, and both North and East from here.
If the bird action consists of terns rather than gannets, it means kahawai are in the vicinity but don't fret because good snapper have been hanging around underneath those schools as well.
The kingfish haven't been around in great numbers with populations around the Gulf's reefs and islands still pretty sparse, although there are always a few hanging around if you find a decent workup. George managed to nab an 18kg model on a stickbait before his water taxi the other day from a very shallow inshore bay so it pays to always be ready and keep your eyes peeled for signs of life!
See you out there!
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke
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