Hey fellow fishos. I know you will be getting as excited as I am with the big pilchard workups happening now (and for the next month or so)!
We have been heading straight to an area east and nor east of Anchorite that is absolutely full of raining gannets, mammals and of course big snapper. The aerial displays and friendly mammals makes the awesome fishing just so much better, as it gets the Adrenalin pumping just before you drop on a solid fighting fish in the exhaust of this mayhem! These workups are going all day but get more intense in the afternoons I am told (usually when we have left with full bins and happy clients). The crisp clear days are so conducive to great fishing!
The snapper are often up the water column and and my clients often get the better fish on the drop (the competitive ones getting to them first). We are fishing slow jigs in these conditions and I find the larger 140gr -200gr models work best getting into the zone quicker and staying there longer! There have also been good size kingfish and trevs under the workups so that is a great by-catch to happen upon. I really hope that the pilchard workups hang around until August and even September (with consistent fishing through June/July) this year as they did last year? It already looks like it is going to be a great winter season and you should make the most of this seasonal bonanza (I will be)! The bait will only get pushed in further now and the workups will be on our doorstep again soon off the inner islands and east coast bays, Tiri Matangi, Kauwau etc! Also as I have been leaving Pine Harbour in the mornings, I have been driving past good fishing to get to the workups.
This is in the Tamaki Straight and the fishing over the last couple of weeks in 6-8mtrs of water is producing quite a few 50-70cm snapper. We will be giving this a go over the next couple of weeks, as it's really amazing catching these large snapper on the light tackle in the shallows.
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! Key is a tutor, guide, lure tester, author and charter skipper Capt Nik (Snap) "Nothing ventured nothing gained"
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