We are getting some nice weather windows lately and I thought I would make the most of the last one with a trip to the Great Barrier. We had a quick stop at the 50m mark and started filling the bin with 40-50cm snapper to take the pressure off - if fishing wasn't that good out wider.
This was unnecessary, as the fishing out wider was phenomenal! Around 4-5nm north of Little Barrier we found an area of bait with acres of dolphins working it and a few gannets taking advantage of it... So, we decided to do the same!
There was a little sign on the sounder at 56m and down went the slow jigs in all colours and they didn't get to the bottom (Red and pink skirts seemed to produce the best fish). First hook-ups were kingfish and then the big snapper came on. There was not a lot happening on the sounder but the fishing was consistent and we had 6 way hook ups at some stages in the day!
We tried mechanical jigging but the sliders were working better (I think this was because the kingis were trying to get to them before the big snaps did. Kingis were in competition mode).
We also found massive gannet and dolphin pilchard workups inside Pigeons rock with dolphins in attendance. These were short lasting and moving everywhere and did not hold the same calibre of fish as the deeper water action.
Another area that will be firing and producing some big trevs at this time of the year is the top of Coromandel. We will be heading over that way over the next 4 days so will report our findings.
In closer around bottom end of Waiheke is a great place to cast soft-baits or drop a jig on the way out wider and can be a great end of day spot to try on the way home!
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
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