All indicators are good for an imminent improvement in overall fishing, arriving with the warmer spring weather, as soon as that actually materialises we are into the new season quick smart. If you aren't already getting the boat/kayak/backpack fully sorted now, it is time, don't procrastinate, Mother Nature doesn't wait for anyone. Typically squally weather has prevented most from venturing out too far to find fish this past week, but when there's the right wind drop, or with perhaps a different approach to usual, this late winter early spring time can be full of fishyness. There are some fine fishing days on the near horizon.
The better more consistent snapper fishing in the gulf has been out in the depths, 50m and deeper - Colville channel area, the squiggles (50m chart lines between Anchorite rock and Horn Rock area), although some surprisingly good snapper can be caught drifting the mid-ground open areas with baits and lures bobbing along gently, particularly in the Rod Holder just a metre off the bottom. There has been some good inshore teasers in terms of gannets diving off various waterfront areas, popping up in places like Northern Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Ruakaka but these are more of being in the right place at the right time rather than holding fish for long periods. Many kayakers have been doing quite nicely, surprising inner areas catches of a few pannies on softbaits before mid morning, North Shore Bays, out along from Gulf Harbour - just along the edges of where foul meets sand, readily fish-able with offshore winds.
Big tidal currents at the moment, high tide early morning so smoother conditions for drifting, and good for a close-in anchor and burley session in the mornings.
Even petrels all excited on the surface can indicate a bait school underneath, perhaps getting by kingfish, where the surface birds are all excited, so should you be - a good place to start with winter fishing. Sharp new hooks, well presented soft baits, current running, new moon pending - sounds like a good time to be fishing.
Oh and don't just think of snapper, how about trying for some trevally, a john dory or two, some kahawai for the smoker, perhaps even gurnard out over the sandy flats with little lures along the bottom. So many fish, so little time. Enjoy your fishing.