With such a mild start to the winter, every man and his dog should be out fishing as it is still as good as it gets. What is incredible is to see the changes taking place in the snapper, they are taking on their winter coats getting more golden and darker, but more important, is to see the size of the roe sacks forming in the female fish.
With the boat show coming up I feel it is only right and proper that I shoot out a couple of extra times so I can bring the people up to speed as to what is going on out there – well at least that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!
There are still a few fish lurking about in both the Rangitoto and Motuihe channels, but the majority have now moved out. Administration Bay is still worth a look especially if you are heading towards Rakino or the Noises, there is still the odd work up with snapper below but they tend not to last too long.
Rakino is still holding a lot of fish, but they are mostly in closer to the island – look at the contour lines on the chart plotter and follow them as you head into the current. Out in front of West Bay the bottom drops off fairly rapidly – it is on the edge and at the bottom where it starts to flatten out that you will find the fish. Right at the end of the headland on the northern side of West Bay there is a bit of rugged foul and this is a spot I will target when the wind and current will hold the stern of the boat towards the structure, the best fishing here is on the last or first two hours of the tide when you can get away with very small sinkers or best of no weight at all.
The Noises is really firing with a lot of good size snapper being caught, these fish are on their way out into the deeper water for the winter so will only be there for a few more weeks as once the first cold snap kicks in they bail out. Straylining back into the foul is again being rewarded not only with nice snapper but there are some horse kahawai coming into feed in the burley trail. It's also well worth catch a few live baits and putting one under a balloon for a kingfish as there is still a good number lurking around the rocks.
Many of you have probably fished the D' Urville Rocks and if you want to have a crack at is now is the time as just like the Noises there are good big fat snapper in the foul and just out on the sand but they again will only be there for a few more weeks.
With the boat show on next week I will be in the fishing court so feel free to come up and have a chat.