What an amazing season we have had so far. The workups are still going and the winter pilchards are still being rounded up. We have been having some amazing fishing out wide amongst this awesome unseasonal action and also in close in the Auckland harbour. I am going to concentrate on the inner harbour fishing we have been having.
I always fish the inner harbour around this time of the year as it slows down out wide (usually but not this year). I will wait for the spawning fish to go up the harbour and do their thing and catch them as they come out due to the fact they are extremely hungry after the spawn. They tend to come in and up one side of the harbour with the tide and out on the other side after spawning. This is where I target them and they are empty (spent)!
We use slow jigs (mainly Kabura style) for this and it is an easy way to target these hungry fish. I have specific areas where they tend to feed hard on the bottom and I will get my clients to drag the lures through these areas. The fish are heads down in the sand eating shellfish crabs and other crustaceans so it helps to keep the lure on or near the bottom.
I have been doing half day charters for the holidays to allow my clients to bring their kids out for a fish and they have been having a ball.
These fish seem to fight a lot harder than the fish out wide and even a 40cm snapper will take will take string. Last year we caught fish up to 20lb and this year we have had them up to 15lb so far. Not bad for so close to the city and accessible to all!
The Ragitoto channel is also fishing well and I have ventured out there for a quick fish while doing the inner harbour trips. There was a 30lb fish caught there a couple of weeks ago!
So get on out there and take advantage of the great fishing in close at the moment.
Nik Key is a tutor, guide, lure tester and charter skipper
See you out there!
Capt Nik (Snap)
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