Well, the weather hasn't let up and is at this moment pounding us with 40-50kt winds! We will be heading out again in the next weather window which should start this weekend!
When we are getting out we are finding good fishing now up and down the Tiritiri Matangi and Kawau line. We usually go halfway down the cable zone and set up a drift on the western side of it. We then get out the binos and scout north and south and east and west to see where the birds are moving and what patterns they are displaying. Once we see a pattern, we will head in that direction and find the workups. We have followed the birds down to off Takatu Point after fishing under workups by Tiri in the mornings. This shows that the workups are in many areas at the moment!
Initially, we found that the workups were only starting in earnest in the afternoon, but last week when the weather was rough they went all day, and the fishing was better in the rough weather than the previous milder days! On Saturday, we headed down to the area between Challenger and Motuora, and it was full of birds and bait. We managed to fill the bins by 10:30 am (eight people getting their limit with two fish over 70cm and six fish over 60cm). I had all my clients on 200 -250g Kaburas in the fast-moving seas to make sure they were in the zone as much as possible to get the good fish! We found that pink and orange mixed was getting the best fish (e.g. Pink head with an orange skirt or vice-versa).
If it is anything like last year, the workups should start going off more in the middle ground soon between Tiri and top of Coromandel. These areas hold many workups, so sharing is caring. Please don't drive through one that is just starting up and work out the tides/current and fish down current from them (in the exhaust).
There have been some good workups in close around Rakino Island this last week with big snapper underneath them. My friend Evgeni fished them on Monday and got the following tally of fish: 68cm/65/62/58/58/51/50/49/48/46/45cm. Not bad for $40 gas!
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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