Good news throughout the country
Kontiki fishing all round country is definitely starting to improve, with the spiny dogfish and carpet sharks heading for their summer haunts well out of our reach, especially for the North lsland fishos.
Last weekend l was in the Bay of Plenty area round Opotiki helping Seahorse Kontikis with the Trident drone demo. The bay had recent flooding so wasn't ideal conditions blowing 20knts, but the drone had no issues flying out in those winds. We didn't put baits on because of the amount of weed floating around. The weed stopped my plan of putting the kontiki out, so l went round the coast to the shingle beach Toreere and did a set there for five nice fat snapper. l was stoked considering the weather conditions. It just shows how amazing the Bay of Plenty area is for kontiki fishing.
The lower north is very hit and miss at present with good gurnard numbers, plenty of kahawai and the likelihood of a good snapper or three. I have a couple mates that fish Porangahau in southern Hawkes Bay and they tell me when sea is nice they are catching gurnard but still odd spiny dog. Whanganui is much same. When the water is clean the better fish are being caught, but dirty water tends to bring the odd spiny but they are catching plenty of kahawai so must still be little bit of whitebait around. On subject of whitebait, the Manawatu area has had a good season l been six or seven times and have enough whitebait for my kontiki fishing trip brekkies. So hopefully this strong wind will ease so l can get out for a set or two and will have more to report in a fortnight’s time. The snapper in the image was caught on a thumb nail sized bait!