Queen's Birthday weekend it is! So what better time to celebrate and enjoy than with a bit of fishing. Whether you have a few clear hours while doing the relation visitation thing, either way road traffic will be testing, out on the water there's much more room to play. Have a quick scan along the North Shore bays with your bino's if you're around that way (or similar) you may well see the tell-tale white wisps of terns over a bait school, along with much to explore and find out underneath. It's excellent fun for all ages. Do you remember your first kahawai? How it fought and the awesome feeling you had even years ago? Long weekends like this are a great time to pass some wondrous memories on to the next generation.
Fish (and good fish at that!) have been welcomed back from a bit of a (full moon) holiday. Inshore shoreline activity includes anchovies that are currently under aerial bombardment, which is great news, so kahawai, some snapper and the odd king are lurking, surprisingly close to the various shorelines facing north. The Northern North Shore bays, for instance, have been going well, but many more shores around the Gulf will also be producing. At this time of the year, fishing the shallows is a great and easy way to get a fishing fix, just a few hundred metres from shore and is especially good for smaller boats and landbased fishers. If you have some, a set of binoculars can really make a huge difference to your fishing day, enabling you to spot birds working the anchovy schools. Smaller 4-inch soft-baits have been working very well indeed.
Workups out wide sputtered back into life recently, so they can be well worth the chase right now. They have been spotted north of Waiheke and well out past Anchorite too, but if you're looking for them, it's more a matter of having a good look around as they are popping up all over the Gulf. When the whales catch up to the dolphins and the bait is surrounded, boom, it's all on as the heavens open wide with hundreds of gannets piling into the cauldron – amazing sights and sounds with the adrenaline surging with near instantaneous hook-ups. Big jigs in the 200-500gm range help target the bigger snapper in this scenario.
Many places are bursting into life at the moment with fleeting but intense fish and bird activity, surprisingly close to shorelines, often within casting distance and with offshore winds it still can be calm enough in the lee of the land despite constant winds out further.
So a bit of time out from the Queen's Birthday long weekend duties? Perhaps a landbased afternoon or further afield perhaps when the wind allows, the fish are clinging on to their pre-winter mode, just, a good time to be out there in amongst ‘em as they look to pack on some insulation, a good moon, good times, birthdays, and fishing :blush: