What a rush! Snapper and kingfish dashing around jockeying for position in both breeding and feeding stakes. Mother Nature has the Spring door wide open, an early opening which means prime fish of all sorts are moving into shallower waters, more and more ever closer to smaller and smaller watercraft and land-based anglers right around the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour.
Dolphins en-masse in the 35-40m mark, miles and miles of gannets swirling and diving over large areas from Whangaparaoa bay across to northern Waiheke, on some days you wonder where they have all been? Some days it seems impossible how widespread and how many gannets, dolphins and other sea life there is, incredible skies and seas surface scenes, then an hour later - blinking with disbelief, nothing to be seen, except on the sounder probably.
Snapper are much wider spread over general areas, particular the cable no-go zone at times, tempting when a workup is seen but often chasing the gannets simply means more kahawai than desired, less snapper, and a potentially huge fine.
A lot of the fast n furious action moved right in from Gt Barrier to the 35-40m mark.
Kingfish are hoofing it all over the show, impressive on hookup in every way, a great time to be experiencing kingies, top water if you haven't tried is an addictive way of sight catching them. Usually gannets wont go for stick baits, but never throw them near or into a white water workup, birds aren't on the menu.
Tuna, marlin and big game fishermen are already out there trolling, hunting hoping for the early reel screamers. A handful of slender tuna are being caught (e.g. Mokes, Gt Barrier, Cape Brett), good tidings for the bigger versions and also bigger predators, marlin.
The best bite has been on outgoing tide this past week, then a big pause for several hours. If you're out when the bite stopped, go light, go life-like softbait (4 inch Livie working well ??), micro jigs or high stealth - genuine kaburas with their inherent advantage when there's 'no bite', yeah right. Fish on!
Enjoy, the time is now. Espresso.