Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - September 24th, 2021

Hope springs eternal!

Lowered lockdown levels  gives a bit of welcome respite for many Aucklanders and the rest of the country, and along with spring everything is at least heading in the right direction for some wonderful fishing adventures to unfold, for making new and satisfying memories.

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Te Anau time! Permanent daylight savings perhaps? Speaking of daylight savings, not that the digital connected devices don’t automatically adjust, but you may have to adjust several clocks from this coming Sunday, daylight saving begins when clocks at 2am go forward by 1 hour to 3am on 26 September 2021. Enjoying a longer beautiful evening of landbased or kayak fishing the local shoreline coming up? Sounds great.

The moon phase is in full force, a waning gibbous harvest one at that, just past the equinox amplifying witches’ spells apparently, so time to cast your spell on those fish. And speaking of that big bright nightlight - Moontide Fishing has just shown the last of Series 1, all about land-based fishing the far north and that moon – check it out here:

Moon Tide Fishing, Episode 13 | M?ori Television (maoritelevision.com)

Under the radar – I reckon the snapper are happily grazing their way in, especially some big males ready to get the spring party started, those channels coming into the gulf should be holding some good snapper, also reaching further down perhaps into the out Firth of Thames area, and hopefully between Kawau and Little Barrier.

Further north, much further out of Auckland there’s been a good inshore morning bite, perhaps the northern snapper getting into spring groove earlier than Aucklanders, level 2 shenanigans?

Alaskan-New Zealand airways, perhaps even the astonishing feats of these tiny birds flying from Alaska 10,000kms NON-STOP to NZ every year, yet at least one only to turn back after just a few thousand kms (see link below) – maybe an avian MIQ issue?  New Zealand has some incredible flora and fauna.

Strong winds force godwit migrating from Alaska to New Zealand to turn around (msn.com)  

All signs are looking good, very good. Spring is begrudgingly getting underway, the sea temperatures are getting the hint to rise, and snapper are starting to heed the call, no doubt many other prize fish likewise. Lockdown levels are dropping, perhaps the planets are aligning for a cracker of a season?! A bit of wild weather coming over the next week, but life is what you make it. Get into it and enjoy.

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