While winter may provide fewer days to fish in terms of weather, when the planets align, it can only be the best of times to go fishing!
The full moon and big tides have the snapper in full on feeding mode, often in the shallows around the bays. They’re accompanied by any number of seabirds from terns, gulls, shearwaters to gannets and more, all keen on the early winter feasting.
On the game from, it’s tuna time! The monthly full moon with it’s (usually) associated calm day or two looms early next week – this really could be a great time for a visit out wide, whether surface fishing for tuna or marlin or deep dropping a Giant Squidwings for bluenose, hapuku, bass and more.
Out in the central gulf, the intensity of winter is almost palpable. There is a fishy-ness feel to the clear air, and the big hunt for a big feed is on – the whales and dolphins are probably feeling the cold bite much like us, so some extra warmth and insulation is a good thing right now. The activity of workups out in 45-50m can be in real earnest, moving around fast from last week’s southern Little Barrier/Kawau uproar no doubt.
Closer to the big city lights there have been some very welcome sights, for instance between Gulf Harbour and the North Shore bays this week – it’s been birds and fish galore! Amongst the madness, fishers have been toying with kahawai, mackerel and snapper. Fortunately, these bursts of action are easily accessed by a kayak, tinny – anything that floats really! The perfect place for light gear, micro jigs, Lil’ Squidwings, softbait ‘Livies’, and screaming reels.
The shallows are a great place to be fishing for snapper right now, which is great for those who fish landbased. A softbait or microjig, or those tiny little Beady Eye Kaburas of just a few grams, worked in the later afternoon are ideal.
Strayline sessions are on the agenda for many right now, with plenty of berley flowing. Remember the big predators can be all around the area, lurking, circling, waiting for their chance to blast in and grab a feed – give ‘em a taste! Stickbait, Squidwings, ‘Livies’ – cast your lures in all directions and hook up on predators of all sorts of species you’ve brought to the area, not just downstream!
Short days, probably a short sharp bite with the full moon and winter influence combined, so make hay while that sun shines, and the wind wanes!
Winter fishing can be absolutely thrilling and provide lifelong happy memories. A little preparation makes for a fantastic fishing adventure. Here are a few points that could help you on your next fishin’ mission, in this weeks edition of the Espresso LIVE series: https://www.facebook.com/catchfishlikeapro/