Those silvery slivers of anchovies are close inshore – how close? On land! Yes, anchovies have been beaching themselves in a last ditch effort to evade the kahawai hunting them down. They’ve been popping up in all sorts of local bays, like the secluded sanctuary of Little Manly where the unfortunate demise of a local boat this week, still partially submerged, has perhaps provided temporary shelter for the anchovies?
Similar pop-up scenes are seen around coasts all over the place. The little white terns are your spotters, and they’re not always easy to see so a pair of binoculars are a great idea. With the chase going on, they’ll often head close in to shore and provide thrilling and prolific fishing for anywhere from five minutes to an hour!
Pilchards are on the main menu, especially out just a tad further where the dolphins and gannets eye these prize fish that are high in nutrient value and perfect for the upcoming cooler months. They’re a vital part of the entire food chain. Some rather nice workups are focussing on these delectable meals in the mid to outer gulf but also over northern Kawau towards Omaha and Little Barrier.
Drag burning, arm aching, spool emptying big tuna are on. Waihau Bay and Eastern Coromandel have been providing some huge rewards in terms of fish size and bounty. There’s still time for big game hunters to get out there and delight in those screaming reels. There are lots of skipjack out of Ocean Beach – which usually means striped marlin are in residence and about as close as they will get before the imminent turnaround. Eastern Coromandel has also seen some great striped marlin action over this past week – solid fish too!
Snapper have been ramping up their appetites as expected, with more aggressive feeding on the upswing. The bite has been pretty good this week, with lots of smaller models keen but the bigger pannies are there, so mix up your offerings and you’ll find what the bigger snapper are after. It could be a tiny microjig like the Pocket Rocket or alloy Baby Boss, or something more like a main course like the BossSquid (the darker coloured options were working noticeably well earlier this week out in 45m). Landbased fishermen on the West Coast have brought up some big red thumpers too! It’s great to see such solid healthy specimens from the surf on both lures and bait.
The Premiere unveiling of the new BIG reel from Catch is this Sunday at 0900. Tune in to the Catch Fishing Facebook page and be the first to see this secret weapon and the advantage it has over big fish on the hookup. This reel has NEW extra features to turn those monster fish’s heads, and you can put even MORE pressure on your fish (not you) and land them! Tune in and find out why this new reel is the deep drop weapon of choice, whether jigging or simply doing deep drops for big bass, kingfish and more of your favourites that can lurk hundreds of metres below.
Also, tune in this Sunday to MagicFM radio anywhere in New Zealand to hear Espresso at 08:30, then watch the Premiere at 09:00 Sunday on the Catch Fishing Facebook page – a great way to ease into your Sunday. Catch you then.