The Christmas hustle and bustle is certainly already evident, by land with the ever-increasing flow of Auckland traffic, the rush of getting 'it' done before Christmas, and by sea - the inner gulf area bombardment of when wildlife collides, birds fish and mammals.
We've had some snow storm-like some days as the wandering whirlwind of white birds track their fishy prey around the various hotspots at the time, primarily in that 20-35m depth. Different workups can hold quite different species of fish at times – so not always will snapper there be! The mighty kingfish is almost caught as a surprise more often than targeted (or admitted to) over the greater areas of the Gulf, particularly where there is or has been recent workup action.
Kingfish are amazing with their fascination of kahawai - kingfish half the size of kahawai eyeballing and hassling with intent no end. Kings are in amongst the inner area workups, right by Rakino/Rangitoto and down in the Tamaki Strait. Further out into the 50m depths of the Gulf, there are those beautiful blue mackerel bait schools – where they are, there are bigger predators! So if you see a bait school on the sounder, think-King.
Keen on catching kingfish this summer? Come along to the Catch seminar next week and find out how to target and catch these fine fish, what to look for, where, what to use – and options to turn chasers into strikes.
So what's new for you this season that's now well underway? Getting into the thrills of fishing 'slow pitch' that's all the rage? Or perhaps you're figuring out which of the many new soft-baits are the right ammo for your next fish hunt? How about getting addicted to the fishing visuals of topwater (stick baits/poppers/Squidwings) whether boat or land-based. Are you perhaps delving into the weird and exhilarating world of micro jigs and light tackle? Or merely enjoying setting the twin hooks on your favourite inchiku hybrid and bringing home fresh fish at its finest for the family?
A quick guide for jig weight to start your day fishing:
What water depth are you fishing in?
Depth x 2 = the weight in grams of jigs/lures to use, which then determines the ideal rod (those lure weight numbers are written on them). So, fishing 40metres = 80gram jig, easy.
If you're more into soft baits, here's a quick 60-second video to show you how to rig them here
Enjoy your fishing.