The 'workup' word has been used more of late with that added tinge of excitement brought on by calm weather forecasts, and there’s been some goodies of both in terms of weather and workups, and some too fleeting to call much other than elusive in terms of fish presence. Mid ground of the Hauraki Gulf has been decidedly quiet – probably due to action in Firth of Thames, just out from the Ahaa’s, and over by Horn Rock and the Pigeons all with their fair share of birds, dolphins and fish this week, so good places to keep an eye on. Perhaps the “delayed on another job” phrase has been used more of late too. Good winter fishing is on.
Whales continue to enthrall those lucky enough to get a glimpse, and wouldn’t you know it after mentioning them last week, this week – a pygmy blue whale has been out past Anchorite, amazing. Feeding on krill certainly provides a spectacle, but this is not really a fish finder for us humans, you’ll also notice very few if any gannets hovering above for long, they also aren’t after krill. The odd gannet may take an exploratory dive, a bit like us dropping a lure really, nothing wrong with that, just don’t expect fishing madness underneath with this scenario.
The Bluefin Tuna off Waihau have diminished in numbers being caught recreationally, perhaps as they move further north, but the size of some of them is stunning, bucket list ticked for a lot of recreational anglers this season so far, no doubt more to come.
Land masses can be fog bound in the a.m. but often just offshore it is crystal clear as the sun rises and the sea surface comes alive with uncountable terns and petrels skimming the surface impossibly close. The birds fly fast and low, sniffing around for baitfish just below. The evenings extend as Spring draws nearer with sunsets over Waitakere way, it’s a good time to be ‘getting in late’ or knocking off early and heading out for an evening’s fish, hey and if you haven’t tried squid fishing – maybe something new to try at night?
The fishing is good and the weather windows have been predicted well, long may both continue to coincide so you can be out there enjoying what is right on our doorstep.