We had a trip planned for Sunday after my mate Shane and I dismissed Saturday as a bad idea, the swell was simply too big. Even Sunday would have been marginal on my boat but Shane has an 8m beast of a vessel. Unfortunately a man died on the Saturday while the boat he was aboard attempted to cross a gnarly Manukau bar.
The people who ran into trouble that day made a call and it was the wrong one. Take a minute to think about that. We’ve probably all made bad calls in our lives. Joe didn’t deserve to die. They made mistakes that many of us have made before and through good luck we came out alive. Joe didn’t.
Please, if you’re going to cross any bar, put on a life jacket and give Coastguard a call before you attempt to cross. Just as importantly, make sure you have some local knowledge. On a good day it takes 10 minutes to cross the harbour bar.
Out west my advice is to head to 60m. While it wasn’t red hot last weekend it’s hard to grumble about a limit catch of snapper from 35 to 50cm with some healthy gurnard in the mix! Not too many sharks either with only 4 or 5 turning up to try spoil our party and not a single line tangling kahawai trying to spoil the party. My advice is to head deep to at least 55m for the next two months or so. Jigs didn’t really work for me that day but as the water warms up so will the snapper. Give them a shot.
In the harbour some good snapper are starting to make a show as are kahawai and trevally. Scallops are a little elusive and not in the best of condition right now but that will change real soon! Flounder are another great option and happen to be one of the tastiest fish in the sea. You can spear them if you have a bright shiny head lamp and a spear of course. Try the incoming tide when there is little or no wind. A great way to spend an evening!
Take care on the water, it can be tough at times.