Rollercoaster rides of fortune have been the norm for those out fishing the Hauraki Gulf lately.
At times there’s been great fishing for several days on the trot while the entire food chain rattles. Many anglers have experienced this during the past week and this excitement can be expected to continue. Following such feasting, there is inevitably a bit of a lull – perhaps some good old RnR and general aquatic activities other than feeding on other fish. It just depends on the day whether it’s all on with big jigs and big snapper/kingfish, or it’s a ‘Kabura and micro jig day’ – i.e. a slow bite but you still want to catch fish.
Whales have been enjoying the pilchard schools out in 50m; long may they remain as a vital link in the entire food chain.
Workups have been spread far and wide from the Firth of Thames out to Anchorite Rock. There’s also been some great activity out at Great Barrier, but most will be happy chasing action in and around the 40-45 metre mid-gulf mark. Even if the gannets aren’t showing you the way, the mid ground has plenty of snapper to keep you entertained. Just drift with your best lures and you should catch.
The inner areas have also been getting some good supplies of snapper the past few days, particularly out form the North Shore bays, the Rangitoto channel, and even Rakino – yes there have been surprisingly good numbers of pannie snapper present, as well as some great looking little grunters (gurnard). Soft-baits and micro jigs are the go in these sub-20m depths.
Kahawai seemed to vanish for a few days; however, they are charging around all over the show – so a few of these fish for the smoker should be on the list.
Spring fishing is ON!