Wide open waters, so quiet and calm you first notice whales by the sound of their spout, some scenes in the Hauraki Gulf are out of this world – and yet right on our doorstep. Other eye-openers include watching an America’s Cup boat ‘fly’ across the water at a speed a lot of trailer boats can’t match. Keep an eye open for the military manoeuvres going on – these big boats can move fast and “might has right” (of way)!
The outer reaches of the gulf are better for targeting bigger kingfish. There are some sizeable models patrolling the anchovy schools on the inside edge of Great Barrier at the moment. The mid to inner gulf areas are either somewhat quiet or hampered by sharks (e.g. at Anchorite). Outside the Barrier, yellowfin tuna and marlin are there – you just have to find them.
Workups have been popping up north of Waiheke up the eastern edge of the cable zone, as well as south of Kawau. Snapper have been magically appearing, and disappearing, under these. When the gannets are actively diving, snapper will aggressively feed, big ones too. The key is not to get lazy with lures. If you are fishing with a kabura-style jig, it pays NOT to use them in workups. Using a bigger, more aggressive jig will give you a much higher chance of catching the bigger, more aggressive fish. Highly successful jigs for this style of fishing are lures like the Double Trouble or the unique Squidwing, or even the very latest Boss Squid hybrid! Heavier leaders can be used in this scenario too. Bring your beautiful kabura-style lures with their stealthy hooks and slow motion action back out when the fishing slows right back down – this situation is what they are designed for.
You may need to try all sorts of things when targeting snapper as they can be disinterested for long periods. Aggressive feeding occurs but generally for shorter periods at the moment.
There’s a general slowdown of current due to the moon phase, but hopefully this doesn’t also bring a slowdown in fish fervour out there.
Enjoy your fishing adventures – summer is made for them!