Where are the fish?!
Better weather, increased air and water temperatures, snapper’s inevitable need to breed and, of course, to feed – it all aligns for an enjoyable and rewarding day out fishing!
The Firth of Thames has had the most attention for several days and has been a pretty good bet. The visuals of gannets diving is always a thrill. It’s best to just fish the area, however, rather than chase small flurries over a wide mid-Firth area, particularly when the dolphins are much further out and not in the action.
Great Barrier has supplied a steady stream of snapper. Choppy waters and windy weather has been the dampener – not the fish. The dolphins have been out and about, particularly in around 50m of water. If the weather allows, the hunt for pilchards – the catalyst for some truly epic spring workups – is on.
The recent flurry of activity of pannie snapper and kahawai between Tiri and Flat Rock dropped right off. Some mighty big kahawai are around, and are definitely worth keeping. When looked after properly, they can be enjoyed to the maximum in so many different ways.
Tackle Tip: Most damage to your beautiful tackle is done in the tackle box – or lack of. A small, purpose-made tackle box is a faithful companion for years (https://www.catchfishing.pro/product/tools/). Terminal tackle is the ONLY THING your target fish sees. Make sure it is the best you can get – the real deal, tried and true terminal tackle. Quality gear makes a difference, as seen in the fish bin at the end of your day. Remember lures are the cheapest part of fishing. You can spend endless money on your boat, rods/reels, gas/food and beverages… but what are you showing to the fish? All that time and energy can be undone if your offering isn’t accepted.
Now the only thing missing out there is YOU.
See you out there with your rod bent over and reel howling!