After some blustery conditions, it looks like we're in for some very settled late Autumn days in the coming week so get out there if you can!
The workup fishing out wide is heating up with big pilchard schools getting attention from Bryde's whales, dolphins, kingfish and snapper between the top of Little Barrier and Great Barrier islands. There haven't been any distinct bite times – if the gannets are diving you're going to be on one! The water out there is deep (60 – 75m) so big slow-jigs are the play. Our picks are the 150g Daiwa Kohgas and 150g Daiwa Pirates – the strong hooks and rigging are great, especially considering the amount of kingfish smashing the jigs!
Livebaiting around the reefs for kings is slow as to be expected with the cooling water in the Gulf. Some nice fish are holding around the outer islands in shallower water, however, slow-trolling big mackerel is the best approach if you want a big king right now. If you don't have the luxury of a big boat, then there are pannie snapper spread throughout the Gulf, but you might get frustrated with patches of small specimens.
On a completely different note, the crays are around in the shallows currently if you know where to look!
Good luck out there,
Nick & George