The Espresso Report November 29, 2019
Wow, what a dramatic change the gulf has been through this past week! From thumping workups all over the show with everyone a winner, to many scratching of heads with ‘Where’s The Fish?’.
In typical Spring fashion the tumultuous weather and fishing likewise has been all on, or all off. With a few weeks of easy fishing, over the past few days the intensity has dropped right back. Still some good fish have been caught - from monster Kingfish, huge Trevally and the odd big red thumping snapper but wow what an about-face.
What next? Well the cycle of events out in the gulf are just that, a cycle, so with the past few days being rest days in effect (even for a rare Pygmy Blue Whale I have been lucky enough to encounter) it is logical that the bite will return with a vengeance over the next few. There’s good tidal current, the food chain and all its combatants are well and truly in the gulf from krill to top predators, it just takes a flick of the switch and it will explode again!
The water depths from north of Tiri to around north of Waiheke, and further out halfway towards Anchorite contain everything required for a great day of easy drift fishing, whether chasing workups or simply slow-drifting and using a light leader with some great lures to bring home the goods. Micro jigs have been the winner by far this week, small, enticing readily struck whether fish are hungry or not really (BTW tungsten has been the go, Pocket Rockets out in 40m+ have been exceptionally good).
The gulf is alive with life and no real need to go out wide in search of snapper unless the chance on smooth water is just a great way to spend a play day.
Some excellent feedback from the recent Catch Kingfish seminar and best of all pictures of kingfish and smiles a mile wide from attendees already – just awesome to see success like that and thanks for taking the time to send them in, keep ‘em coming! ??
Only time will tell if that bite returns in earnest over the next few days, I see no reason not to be in amongst it when that switch is flicked ON!