Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - March 18th, 2021

Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - March 18th, 2021

18 March 2021

The Americas Cup win by Emirates Team New Zealand has been the culmination of years of preparation, time, money, energy, innovation – and delivering when it really matters. Victory over the excellence of Prada Luna Rossa is nothing short of eccezionale (exceptional), the Italian team formidable and an opponent who was equally as stunning to watch, as the boats hurtled over the water at still-unbelievable speeds. Epic top-shelf racing right among some of the best inshore Autumn fishing grounds – classic New Zealand stuff.

Resident snapper and schooling snapper in the shallows are proving to be the hot targets this past week and no doubt with the number of competitions (e.g. the Catch sponsored Red Beach Boating ladies competition) plenty of fun fishing and socialising when not focusing on outwitting a fish or three. Competitions are all up and down the country, targeting different fish types from kahawai to marlin and most in between, so there’s definitely something for every angler. Best check online or at your local tackle store for the latest details and updates – many dates change quickly with weather and other considerations.

It’s a busy time around the country at this time of year, usually good Autumn fishing provides exciting fishing especially for the snapper orientated. The Hauraki Gulf is only just waking up from it’s summer slumber snapper-wise, so expect good things over the next several days and weeks as the season changes and fish feed more aggressively before winter hits.

Workups move as they do. Smaller ones have still been popping up around the gulf, but some rather bigger ones moved well outside the northern gulf and up the coast. The smaller pods of dolphins spread out over most of the gulf are little pots of gold, concentrating some schooling snapper underneath the battle between dolphins and baitfish above, often moving around quite quickly.

Skipjack have been a bit thin-on-the-ground inside the gulf, but some absolute barrels are on the outside of Little Barrier and both western and eastern Gt Barrier. But be in quick, they are only here for the next few weeks and then they too will turn heads and not return until 2022. They are a thrill for most Aucklanders to enjoy so make hay while the sun shines on these stunning fish. Trolling lures or sight fishing with microjigs and softbaits are the go. Trolling a Lil Squidwing or tungsten Pocket Rocket at around 6kts has proven on these amazing fish (some several kilograms!) again this week.

Kingfish are back on the bite! Popping up around the bait schools closer in to Tiri, the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Kawau and surrounds as well as hounding the various reefs of the gulf, and there are lots of good-sized ones too. Kingfish can be picky at times and ‘just say no’ but with a good tackle box menu you’re more than likely to come up with the ideal temptation for the big green machines, so take a range of options out to put under their noses.

Watch out for Lions Mane jellyfish nasties both in the water (for those of us who like to swim out there in the big deep blue) and washed up along many shorelines this week, big messy multicoloured jellyfish that are so tempting to check out close up, poke and prod – but they do have painful stings, best not to find out how painful.

No lockdown, tides are good with midday highs – no excuses needed, just go fishing.

Enjoy,

Espresso.

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