Well the weather hasn’t been the best to get out wide for most people but luckily we have a big, heavy, seaworthy boat and have been doing just that with our customers.
We have been going to the same area that has been producing the goods in the Colville Channel and doing big drifts. While the seas have been big, so have the snapper (in both numbers and size). 200g kabura rigs have caught our last 10 big snapper (with orange head and yellow/orange skirts being most productive of late).
Here is our snapper leaderboard, started on June 21st 2019:
1st 88cm/12.05kg Suni 28.06.19
2nd 80cm/9.4kg Hayden 30.06.19
3rd 76cm/8.5kg Kieran 07.07.19 (as in above pic)
4th 75cm/8.0 kg Jesse 30.06.19
5th 75cm/8.0 kg Paddy 13.07.19 (as in below pic)
6th 72cm/7.0kg Josh 07.07.19
7th 71.5cm/6.8kg Jesse 30.06.19
8th 71cm/6.6kg Oli 21.06.19
9th 68cm/5.8kg Trev 21.06.19
10th 66cm/5.0kg Mike 12.07.19
Our trip last weekend was quite a bit slower but we did get a 75cm snapper and 91cm kingfish. We are also getting a variety of species including trevally, gurnard, kahawai, blue cod, grandaddy hapuku, pigfish, tarakihi and sea perch. The pilchards will move in closer now, giving anglers that can’t go wide a chance to get into some great fishing. August is a great month for fishing further down the Firth, with area between the bottom end of Waiheke and Coromandel also producing some XOS fish too.
While we haven’t been heading in that direction (we don’t leave fish to find fish), the south side of Great Barrier, around the Cradock Channel and over towards the Pigeons is also going off, with winter pilchard workups and whales and dolphins doing their annual thing.
I have also heard that the pilchards have moved down the east coast to areas like Hatfields beach and Waiwera. We couldn’t go wide on Sunday (40kts), so hugged the coast and found gannets working off the southern end of Motuora.
I look forward to seeing you out there, or come out with me and 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
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