Easter long weekend – a few days to play whether it’s a stay-cation or your heading away. Here’s an idea: Easter fishing, an excellent pastime to be included in the weekend’s leisure activities! It’s just after the full moon, there’s a good full tidal movement stirring the saltwater food chain up and it’s prime time of year with all sorts of piscatorial species out there, including marlin, mahi, tuna and, closer in, those thumping red snapper, kahawai and many more. This long weekend should definitely include some good fishing opportunities. Fish don’t have daylight saving changes so they won’t notice a thing this weekend when our NZ clocks are adjusted.
Landbased soft-baiting is becoming more and more popular, and rightly so as evidenced by good catches in many locations during the recent strong winds, with most boat-borne anglers being denied their fishing fix out further due to the gnarly sea state. Now is a perfect time of year for landbased soft-baiting, with snapper and many other fish looking to feed right along the coastline shallows over both sand and foul ground. Prospecting with a little soft-bait outfit and a favourite SB or two on a light jig head in the morning or late afternoon is a great way to get a feed. The current murkiness of the water will mean a bright, luminous, visible lure will be best. In terms of action, do small, darting baitfish-style jerks, then let the soft-bait rest so the fish discover and pounce on your unsuspecting lure. By the way, there’re some all new soft-baits (new colours, sizes, shape and components) coming soon – Catch Livies Black Label!
Autumn is a time for feasting for many species. Most fish now know that colder times are imminent, and with insulation being key to survival over winter, the need to feed is on. Whether you use smaller offerings like a microjig to imitate, say, an anchovy, or larger main-course style lures like the mighty Squidwings, is up to you, and the fish. Vary your offerings – you never know what will take the fish’s fancy. It’s best to make a few different offerings.
Wind directions swing right around the compass over the next several days, so go with the flow and there’ll be some excellent areas to get some good fishing in, with completely new areas to explore and enjoy each day. Keeping an eye on kingfish from the shore or close to it is a great idea right now, whether stickbaiting, live-baiting, jigging or soft-baiting.
In short, there’ll be lots of fish to choose from. Make your offering the chosen one and be ready for that strike!