It has been challenging to find an opportunity to get out fishing over the last few weeks. Our last efforts were during the first weekend in July. The harbour was doing it's best to put me and my crew off fishing for life! But that is the nature of the game and fishing really would lose its appeal for me if every day resulted in a limit catch of fat fish caught in dead calm conditions.
Small kahawai and spiny dogfish were the order of the day (or 3 days) for us. We did manage a few decent gurnard but it was tough. I’ve never been a fan of big tides and that weekend only reinforced that. The one boat I know of that headed out across the Manukau Bar didn’t really do much better. That said, they got a nice feed as did we.
One bad report doesn’t mean the rest of winter is a write off though. I believe each week has something new to offer and those who choose to stay inside their cosy houses are truly missing out.
I’m supposed to be a good catcher of fish and to be fair if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be writing this stuff. Remember though that no one ever manages a huge catch all the time so beware of those who tell you otherwise. I strongly believe that the bad days add as much value as the good days when it comes to fishing experiences.
Once we get through the dreary month of August we have some real gems shining on the horizon. The start of the scallop season for one and the ever-reliable run of big springtime snapper off the coast in 60m is another. Until then it’s a good time to get your boat and fishing gear serviced. It’s also a good time to do a little research and these days there is plenty of fishing knowledge online for you to enjoy.
Take care, Smudge.