Manukau/West Coast Fishing Report 220218

Manukau/West Coast Fishing Report 220218

22 February 2018

The best marlin action appears to be coming from the south, more off the Waikato River bar than the Manukau. The depth that features most is 110m to 120m according to the stories I hear at the Te Toro weighstation but there have been more than a few reports of marlin turning up much closer in well before the water has turned blue. I guess the old story of ‘find the bait, find the marlin’ still applies. Despite the high water temperatures of a few weeks ago there haven’t been many mahimahi around which is a shame as they are a spectacular fish.

Snapper fishing can be frustrating with some boats finding it tough going while for others it is too easy. Boats fishing well south of the Manukau bar are having the best luck, especially straight off the river. The most consistent depth is 30m but it’s always worth exploring deeper water. I’m expecting shallower water to start producing more fish as we move into autumn.

Meanwhile the harbour is still plagued with the dreaded red weed that is so frustrating to deal with. Slack water is the best time to avoid it and if you hunt around you will find places where it’s not such a problem. It covers your line and your baits and once that happens you won’t catch a thing so clear the stuff away as often as you can. Sort that out and there are some nice fish to be had. While my preference is for smaller tides, the big tides can still produce very well especially when fished at the start of the incoming on an evening in shallow water. The big tides on a full moon are fully in around midday, so the incoming starts around 6.00pm, that’s just how it works out for the Manukau. That pattern repeats every two weeks with the full moon usually bringing the bigger tides. We had an evening fish last weekend and while the majority of the fish were around 30cm the biggest was 46cm, which isn’t bad at all.

This coming weekend has small tides and great conditions for both the harbour and the coast, so it’s well worth putting the boat in the water.

Take care, Smudge

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