It is trophy snapper time!
Most kontiki fishos outside Auckland would be smiling now we have bit more freedom since moving into level 3 and now 2. The kontiki fishing on the lower north is improving all the time, l know of about six very nice snapper being caught throughout the lower north from Kai-iwi, just north of Whanganui, down to Peka Peka Beach, near Kapiti Island. One of the snapper went 11.2kg (25lb) when I weighed it for them. They wanted to release it, but as you can see in their photo it was bleeding, so they have decided to get it mounted. A great catch, especially given the fishers were new to kontiki fishing.
The more south you go, the likelihood of catching spiny dogfish and carpet sharks increases, an indication the water is colder. I have heard of a couple of 'donkey' snapper caught on surfcasters along the Otaki- Te Horo coastline. These fish would have most likely have been chasing the whitebait. Fishing around the Waitarere - Foxton area is still producing the occasional red cod and spiny dog, mainly due to the Manawatu River being dirty. When sea is clean, the gurnard and kahawai will be there. Where l fish, which is only 13 minutes from home at Tangimoana, kontiki fishing is steady. l have seen huge work ups of kahawai that are so close to shore l managed to get a good video on my phone as they chased the whitebait schools. There are quite a few gurnard turning up here with the odd snapper, but the best thing is the spiny dogs and carpet sharks are moving on. If chasing a real big snapper is your goal, the next couple months is the time but only set your timer for 10-minute runs as they are only 300 - 400 metres offshore.
It is the time for the surfcasters and drone fishers to shine and target that fish of a lifetime! it's no secret that the next two months is the time to have a bait in the water especially around change of light if hunting a trophy snapper.