The Espresso Report September 3, 2020.
Spring happened – and haven’t the signs have been loud and clear! Wild weather, with more wildness in the wilderness to come. Storm blasts, cold winds yet all the while the average temperatures are on the upswing, believe it or not. September is a month full of promises; some kept, some delayed.
If past seasons are anything to go buy, the big males are only a few weeks away from coming in and staking their claim in the gulf. Those snapper that stayed inshore are in the midst of yawning, waking up and working up an appetite.
Now’s the time to up the ante – a few small changes to your gear and technique can improve your fishing success noticeably. Kaburas will be hit by kahawai readily, so if you’re avoiding them, put your precious Kaburas away. If you’re targeting both kings and snapper, use much bigger and more aggressive lures such as 200gm BetaBug or 100-200gm Double Trouble.
If you’re heading to the Firth of Thames, slow pitch jigs and inchiku have been doing well and there’s the new Boss Squid, an amazing looking new hybrid developed right here. Some fantastic action has been experienced a little further up the coast – mainly due to less lockdown restrictions – action aplenty. Expect the same out in the gulf when that wind abates.
Softbaits really come into their own for inshore fishing at this time of year – well-presented softbaits that mimic the predominant baitfish are ideal – the likes of Catch Livies in white smelt and kahawai are doing well. Edges and ledges – leeside and close to shore is the place to be targeting snapper over the next few days. Full moon midweek this week along with a stiff cold southerly meant for quiet times offshore despite a release from local lockdown. There’s been surprisingly good news for the North Shore residents, good patches of terns and gannets easily kayak-able, and more furore further out Rakino-way, western Rangitoto.
Looks like the wind will be from the W/SW quarter around the gulf over the weekend – look for some eastern leeside spot x’s if it’s thumping in.
So what’s your fishing plan this spring and summer? Snapper, kingfish, gurnard, dory, marlin, tuna, hapuka?
Now is the time, who knows what the future may hold…tick tock.