Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 141218

Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report 141218

14 December 2018

Capt Espresso reports good catches using various techniques across all reaches of the gulf. There's been plenty of fuss lately with the arrival of plenty of orca in the gulf. Close encounters with these amazing creatures have been causing plenty of slow-motion, "down-tools" moments for fishers all over the Gulf. It's amazing to see just how shallow they can swim, and shows why they're such great predators!

On the fishing front, pan sized snapper are around everywhere, and they seem to be settling into the 'routines' of pre-Christmas fishing, with inner channel fishing doing well, but with mixed results as the fish go on and off the bite noticeable.

Further out around the inner islands the fishing is rewarding, soft bait and micro jig heaven, a very lightly weighted soft bait (e.g. a white smelt curly tail Livie) is working very well and such a thrill on lightweight rods and spin reels.

Even further out around the Gulf, the 35-40m depth is a great place to be, whether closer towards Tiri spying some spread out gannet action, or just drift or anchored in 40m. There are plenty of schooling pannie snapper out there waiting for you to cast the right lure and pick out the bigger ones. Consistent snapper fishing should continue right up to the full moon leading to Christmas Eve.

If you're after kingfish at this time of the year, then you're not alone. We've been seeing success on a wide range of lures, from topwater gear right through to smaller, more traditional snapper style lures like inchiku or slow pitch jigs, as well as soft baits.

Flat out is how things back on land seem to be, as Christmas and 2019 approach faster than ray fleeing an orca's smile. If you're still struggling with ideas for Christmas gifts, why not look at some new toys for a favourite fisherwoman or fisherman in your life (or yourself...)? There are so many new ways of targeting and catching the fish you are after, whether it's a new acid-wrap rod, the ideal reel to match and naturally, essential fishing lures. A variety of highly effective lures is your best bet if you're scoping out new areas while you're on holiday, so next time you are out, let the fish be the judge.

Keep sending in those fantastic fishing shots, they're awesome! We're seeing so many places, smiling people and fish! We love to see them all, hear of your exploits and share them with other fishermen and women, just like the rest of us.

Fun, sun, friends and fishing, enjoy the season that is upon us, stay safe and happy out there, and enjoy that big grin as you see your dream fish coming up – that fish, next time you're out there!

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