Auckland’s west coast is different to fish than the east coast. There are many theories and a lot of misinformation as to why that is so. Of course it is only theory but mine is the west coast has very little structure. It is a very rich fishery but there is little to hold fish in a particular place. If we look at the east coast there are patches of foul all over the place and it doesn’t take much of it to hold fish. That makes reading your sounder very important.
It's a bit like a football field with ten fish on it. Those ten fish are gathered around the goal posts, five at one end and five at the other. Stop and drop a line at the goal posts and you will score! As long as the fish are hungry.
On the west side we have a heap more fish in the same area but there are no goal posts. The fish are spread out all over the place. One here, two there type scenario. It is not unusual for west coast fishing to start slowly then build as the fish find your baits. Patience is the key. Make sure you set your anchor well as a drifting boat doesn’t make for a good fishing platform out here. Our last trip on the 24th it got off to a very slow start. We moved out deeper for a similar result. We were about to move again when we caught a fish so decided to stay another ten minutes. Around 8 minutes later all three rods were loaded up and it didn’t stop from there on. Needless to say, we stayed! That is not an unusual scenario out west.
We’ve had a great run of weather and it’s been too easy the last few weeks & the run of good west coast friendly weather is set to continue. The most consistent snapper fishing is from 55 to 65m with a bonus of decent sized gurnard in the mix. Still some sharks and coutta around as always but the odd kingfish is also showing up.
Albacore are out there but you need to be very wide, maybe 1000m wide. Still, it won’t be long before the first gamefish start to show themselves, possibly even this side of Christmas.
Fishing in the harbour has been hard and as always the challenge for this time of the year is avoiding the small snapper. Still it is always worth a trip out, just be prepared to move and to try something different. My tip is to hit the shallows in the evening on the next full moon. I’m hearing there are flounder around, it’s about time I had a crack at them, hopefully before my next report.
Take care, Smudge