Kingfish – let us count the ways! Kingfish are on the prowl all around the gulf, both in the shallows and out deep. The anchovies are spread far and wide, and so are the kingfish. Working out what they will respond to at the time can be one of the most thrilling and rewarding tasks there is in the gulf. Stick baits, poppers, livebaits, microjigs, mechanical jigs, bibbed lures and even a kabura in the rod holder on the drift – all are great ways to target these stunning green machines. Apart from their usual hangouts around headlands, underwater pins, wharves and reefs, they are also hard on the heels of the many anchovy schools, which also have kahawai working them over. Bird activity on the surface is a sure give away to their position. White terns are working inshore areas like Gardener’s Gap (Rangitoto) and out to the anchored ships around the Rakino and Noises area, and there are als birds just out in the gulf around the 35m mark! The shallower you fish, the more intense the battles will be.
Kahawai are such a thrill to catch as well. Bag a few and then share them around as freshly smoked fish– you’ll earn a few brownie-points, that’s for sure!
Out in the majority of the gulf, there are plenty of snapper to find. Lots of pannies are present so just setting up a nice long drift in 40m is productive and will steadily fill the bin. This also gives you a great opportunity to try different lures and find out what the fish are really into at the time. Try all sorts, especially microjigs and kaburas, rather than the bigger hard body lures – with all the anchovies out there, smaller offerings coming down through the water column is expected right now, so go with the flow.
The inner areas are definitely worth targeting, and first thing in the morning has been productive this week. A strong current flow is on right now. With outgoing tides and a fine weather forecast coming up, a weekend of productive fishing is on the cards!
It pays not to be too blinkered about catching just snapper – so many other fish are around to catch and enjoy like john dory, gurnard, mackerel and trevally!
Enjoy your fishing wherever you choose to be.