Hauraki Gulf Snap Adventures Fishing Report - 06/10/22

  • Nik Key

Gulf full of bait and predators

Spring has sprung, and the gulf is filling up with bait and predators. With all the wind around currently, it has been hard to get out most days!

We went out during the window of no wind on Tuesday. I always look for these windows as the rough weather seems to push the bait and predators in closer, and this is a great time for workups!

----- Advertisement -----

We came out of Gulf Harbour and headed towards Coromandel when I noticed quite a few gannets tracking through the Tiri channel. We decided to follow them, and that was a great idea!

We found a raft of gannets on the water just through the Tiri Channel. This looked good. I got out my binoculars and scanned the area while I let my clients have a fish. They hooked up a couple of 32cm fish, and I said let’s go, as I had seen clouds of gannets along the Tiri to Kauwau line for miles. Heading there at a brisk 25 knots, we came across a vast spring workup that stretched for 2-3nm.

Follow the birds and you will eventually come to the action producing prime schooling snapper like this.

The next 1.5 hours were mayhem as my clients dropped down 200g kaburas with pink skirts (my go-to colour in spring for the last 10 years or more). The average size was 50cm, and they were all angry males that hit the lures as they descended into the huge natural burley trails!

----- Advertisement -----

We were fishing over at the top of Coromandel last week and had great success even without any birds working. This was in 44 – 46mtres, where you can see the tidal current lines on Navionics and other charts (6nm WSW of Port Jackson).

Other areas that are filling up now are the Happy Jacks and the bottom of Waiheke Island. Again, look for birds (even sitting on the water) and fish around them until they get up and start feeding, then follow them.

I hope the above information helps you out there!

Cheers, Capt. Nik

021 596 074

Nik Key is a tutor, guide, lure tester, author and charter skipper


"Nothing ventured nothing gained"

Check out what we have been up to on -


Rate this


Post a Comment

Required Field

Fishing bite times Fishing bite times

Major Bites

Minor Bites

Major Bites

Minor Bites

Latest Articles

Tips for Summer Fishing
December 2022

Sunshine, long days and warming waters mark New Zealand’s summer season. Boaties flock to the water, many hoping to secure a good feed of fish. However,... Read More >

Daiwa Freeswimmer BR Review
December 2022

Spinning reels with dual drag systems have been around since the late 1980s; the secondary drag system allows fish to take the bait and run before... Read More >

Young Anglers Nationals Competitions
December 2022

In 2021, a group of keen junior anglers from across the country came together to form the NZSFC ‘Youth Committee'. One of their first projects was... Read More >

Skagit Fly Fishing Technique
November 2022

The two most important laws of fly fishing are that you must be able to cast the fly to the fish and then present it in... Read More >

Surtees 610 Gamefisher
November 2022

Owner of the popular outdoor apparel brand Just Another Fisherman, Aaron Styles, has only good things to say about the performance of the company’s latest boat... Read More >