A waning gibbous moon dominates the night sky at the moment, and sea surface temperatures are soaring up and down the country, along with air temps for humans. This week's super moon seems to have had a significant influence on fishing with most species having a bit of a fast from extended meals, very short sharp to the point style bite flurries has been more the norm.
Out in the gulf, short sharp workups are productive – east of the cable line is still the best bet. There are also a few hot spots just in from Channel Island with small pods of dolphins and accompanying splinter groups of gannets. Fast and furious, on then off type workups are to be expected. Bite times are a definitive yes or no, none of the 'yes means no', or 'no means maybe' routine – it's black and white stuff.
The Flat Rock area has been doing alright, with some good snapper fishing in the general area. In saying that, there are a lot of sharks there so expect to pay your taxes.
The skipjack tuna are knocking at the gate of the Colville channel with a few lighting up the reels out there this week – the fun has been next level! Over the other side of the big paddock, there's a few coming into the gulf through the Jellicoe or Craddock channels. There's a lot more bait hanging around over that side, so it's worth trolling the magic Squidwings for sure!
Marlin are within range of many of the Auckland trailer boat fleet. Out the back of Great Barrier and behind the Mokes is producing a few and while you're out there have a quick jig for kings too. Big beautiful striped marlin are getting well within range now; you've just go to pick your weather and give it a go. You don't have to have much, and don't forget that Squidwing or two. Whether small medium or large depending on what size fish you are after, easy to run and very, very effective!
The bite is on the rebound now, and the fish merely await your presence.
Enjoy your summer fishing!