Make hay while the sun shines. The fishing is good and there are some great looking wind windows which should allow for some fantastic fishing over the next few days. However, a significant change in weather is coming through next week for the Hauraki Gulf – storm warnings will be in force and high winds and heavy rain are expected. Mother Nature’s mood is on the change, so before that happens…
The worm moon (or our southern hemisphere equivalent?) was this week – that’s the massive bright night light rising to keep our sleep at a minimum; the biggest full moon for the entire year which signals the arrival of spring/autumn. Along with it are both strong tidal flows and Friday the 13th!
With such massive movements of water, the shorelines of the gulf are teeming with hunters and foragers – fish using the natural disturbance of the new upper and lower limits of the tide to uncover previously covered areas, with feeding up on the new menu items a priority. The midday high tides with morning and evening lows over the next few days are great for fishing, whether you’re boat-based or landbased. Whether you stay in one area berleying a feeding frenzy into life or simply cast those little gorgeous little Livies soft-baits around on the drift, the fish are foraging, so give them something they like the look of! Watching kingfish hunt this week in the extreme shallows with their bellies scraping rocky seaweed while their dorsal fins break the sea surface has been exciting – the kingfish are on the hunt! This is a fantastic opportunity to use the realism of Livies soft-baits, or get an adrenaline rush by trying the new small 20g and 35g Zingaz stickbaits so you can watch as the fish strike your lure! Thrilling stuff. Now is the time. Check them out – they are small and SO MUCH FUN!
Snapper will be getting the hint now that cooler climes are on their way. I expect the snapper bite to be strong the next few days as bigger fish will be making the most of the extra current and higher temperatures. Workups out along the eastern edge of the cable zone past Tiri will hopefully team up rather than continue to be small and spread out as they have been. I expect some bigger events further out by Great Barrier as the bait schools get hit by all sorts of predators – it’s that time of year.
There is a lot going on out there – lots of fish with lots of new adventures to be had.