Winter is here now, but don't let that put you off the amazing fishing to be had. Whether it is fishing in close off the bays and inner islands for the larger snapper that have taken residence, or out wide chasing school fish - it is a great time to be out! We have been stopping at some suspicious looking spots in close, such as Tiri/Noisies on the way out, and picking up some nice snapper, before venturing out wide. When out wide we will look for birds working (mainly shearwaters, terns and occasional gannets). We are heading to areas like the elbow (outside corner of cable zone around Tiri) and working our way north until we find wildlife feeding in about 50 metres.
Sometimes we will drift for 15-20minutes with no bites and then hit a few fish. This action is then multiplied, as the other fish in the area come in to investigate (feed on our lures). This action will also attract other predators like kingfish to the mix, as they make sure they don't miss out. We get 1-4 legal ones most trips on the light snapper gear. It is a great feeling over the sand knowing it can't bust you off on a reef! Large mammal and gannet workups with big fish have been reported in 60 - 85 metres around the top end of Great Barrier. We are also finding a lot of other varieties out there with KY, gurnard, trevally and john dory being a welcome by-catch!
I look forward to seeing you out there - or come out with me - enjoy my playground and learn a few tricks I have gained over the years!
Nik Key is a tutor, guide, lure tester, author and charter skipper
Capt Nik (Snap) - 021 596 074
"Nothing ventured nothing gained"