Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - 220120

Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - 220120

22 January 2020

This is more like it…long periods of settled weather! 

I have been trying the inner harbour (Bridge to North Head) over the last two weeks (last day Fri 17th). It has not been happening as in previous years which I think may be due to the colder weather we have been having, slowing down the spawning fish! We drag Kabura lures and softbaits and they were hitting them as they drag along the bottom with a lift every now and again. I’m sure it will go off in there soon with all the hot weather we are having again!

We have been fishing over towards the top of Coromandel and the Great Barrier over the last few weeks. While the fishing has been OK over Coro it has been way better over at the Barrier with acres of bait and all the hungry preadators that make our day! Yesterday my friend Mal Williams was fishing inside of the Pigeon Islands. He witnessed huge balls of small (10mm) fish that darkened the water being smashed by pilchards, who in turn were getting smashed by dolphins and birds (ahhh…nature at it's best)! They were catching 7-8kg snapper and kingfish amongst the mayhem!


 
We were over at Great Barrier on our last trip in the weekend. The sea state was perfect and we arrived at the fishing grounds just south of Pigeon’s Island in 1.5 hours. There were workups everywhere in close and out wider at 50 meters. We chose to fish the smaller workups out wide in 50 meters. We caught six kingfish up to 98cm as a by-catch to the snapper we were hunting for. We also managed six good size gurnard in these small consistent workups. The 200g Kabura lures in orange/red and green/yellow working best.

Another area that we drove over and was full of birds was the squiggles. We will be fishing these areas and the top of Coro over the next month or so. 
 
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

Capt Nik (Snap) - 021 596 074 


 
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