Extremes of weather combined with a feast or famine fish bite this past week has meant more of a ‘shotgun’ approach to catching fish has been required. Big and small, aggressive and passive lure fishing has been required, all on the same day to come home king of the jungle.
November is simply an outstanding month to be fishing, from gurnard to kingfish and all those in between, most are keen to oblige with a strike or three! Gurnard are being caught in all sorts of depths like the open areas of 30-45m but also right in by the Noises and Firth of Thames. Gurnard will take on surprisingly big lures at times, but the main thing is to keep your lure in the bottom few metres, with smaller, gradual actions, allowing the gurnard to stalk and pounce on your offering. With the anchovy schools getting hammered well above, a lure resembling a tasty little morsel like that is ideal. Pictured is just one of the stunning gurnard caught this week with the new 45gm Tungsten Pocket Rocket out in 46m. Snapper and Kingfish were awesome ‘bycatch’!
The mid-ground has provided productive pannie fishing. Now is a great time to be trying all sorts of jigs and lures while on the drift, you’ll find out what triggers the fish alright! If the wind is up, a drogue or two is essential to slow you down, allowing most lures to work vertically helps increase strike rate significantly.
Workups – good producers are popping up all around the gulf, lots of smaller pods of dolphins around making for smaller faster workups. So be prepared for moving around a lot, fast n’ furious stuff, great fun if you’re into the chase, anywhere from 30m out really.
Have a look at the Facebook LIVE on Catch Fishing Facebook page – filmed at Smart Marine Glenfield this week – there’s a few more tips and suggestions in there too. And if you’re in Kerikeri or thereabouts on Tuesday Dec 1 come along to the Kingfish and Lures seminar.
Fishing is ON!