Many workups make hard yards, a bit like an NRL final or a forward pack against the All Blacks - a relentless uphill assault against the odds. Out in the gulf a howling headwind, smashing waves and expertly sidestepping prey, from Gulf Harbour to North Shore bays mid-week has been amazing to witness – yes during the thumping 40kt+ winds with both the inner harbour areas and the gulf whisked into a pavlova topping.
When next fishing a workup near you - if you're trying to target bigger snapper, remember to take the time to change your lure, go as big as you dare in terms of jigs and action, or better still have one already rigged in the rod holder. It's often easy to get carried away with the prolific fish-catching nature of the Freestyle Kabura. If you are getting hit on the drop or immediately before the Kabura hits the seafloor, take the Kabura OFF. Instead, save it for the quiet times, which is when it is specifically designed for.
When the snapper are aggressively feeding such as in a workup, try a scary big jig, with even more action such as a luminous 200gm Inchiku lure, or 200gm mechanical jig generally used for speed jigging kingfish – use it slow-pitch style over the bottom 5 metres of water depth aiming for a big aggressive snapper with an attitude to match.
The past week has seen workups on both sides of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, with more snapper moving towards the northern side, up towards southern Kawau. Southside, there are lots of smaller kahawai, stunning looking, great to eat, easy to release, and outstanding livebait for kingfish, all the way across to the North Shore shoreline, and over to western Rakino. The New Moon starts off the new week, and with the fishing, we have been having lately, expect big things.
Fishing seminars have been an amazing and enthralling success with so many people and sharing so much useful information. The recent 'Lure Secrets' seminars around both the North and South Islands have been great nights, with hands-on how-tos, fish myth-busting, critical sounder signs, and most importantly overcoming the fear of the unknown, typically: "I don't where to start", "I'm not sure how", "do these things really catch fish", "but I've always used bait, it's how I was taught to fish, it's the only way I know" and so on.
Nowadays, one of the primary functions of a rod, when you are fishing with jigs, lures and softbaits, is to work the lure so that it imitates what your target fish is looking and listening/feeling for. When you get a well-matched lure and rod for your fishing scenario, the more likely you are to experience a bite and successful strike. So come along to a seminar and see for yourself the differences, and use a matched set for yourself while watching the actual motion of the lure in a Catch jig tank, know what you are doing and what the fish see, it's often not what you think!
See you out there, hooked up!