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!

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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!

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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

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

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