Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 091118

Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 091118

09 November 2018

The water temperatures in general is hovering around the magic 18 degrees, spring workups has started, the increased bite aggression over the past several weeks and the snapper numbers being caught all point to an early snapper breeding season.

Apart from a bit of a lethargic bite, this news is good, breeding is paramount. What this means for fishing over the next several days is the likelihood of much more tentative bites, softer takes of the lures, a shying away from bigger more aggressive offerings a lot of the time. Soft baits (Livies) and genuine Catch Kabura's come to mind (the ones with the all-important buoyant skirts making the difference). Also a technique that can work wonders at this time of year, a very slow retrieval of all lure types well up the water column. Snapper will more readily follow slow moving lures up higher than usual at the moment, so it's a worthwhile technique to employ – it is surprising just how far up snapper will follow a lure before striking. The better the lure and its presentation the more likely the strike in quiet 'non-bite' times.

Kingfish have quietened down a tad, but they all must feed sooner or later and it just pays to be out there, and often after a few days rest the feed comes back with a vengeance so don't miss out by not going out.

Drifting the middle ground is providing snapper rewards, the inner channels have fish, it may just take a shift here and there, or a change of tide to flick the feeding switch to go mode.

Well-conditioned snapper, kingfish, gurnard, kahawai, John Dory and more are all just out there, and it's our job to go and fish them. Keep your eye on the weather and head out for some steady fishing with the old flurry of madness randomly thrown in for good measure. Enjoy yourself and there are many more fish species to catch other than snapper if they aren't on the bite.

Cheers. Espresso.

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