The Nelson fishing scene is picking up but the water temperature is struggling to reach 14 degrees. There are first signs of snapper appearing in Tasman Bay and a report of a 17lb snapper caught off Delaware Bay last week.
Scallops have been on the menu for many locals with new scallop beds off Delaware Bay relieving pressure from the traditional Okiwi Bay beds.
Late September brought consistent easterly winds and the opportunity for members of the Dawn Breakers fishing club to fish the top west coast Holy Grail, KAHURANGI SHOALS. An area known for extreme weather and high seas and as a result gets low fishing pressure, resulting in fish of exceptional size such as groper, trumpeter and XOS crayfish. Let's just say the members did well...
Inshore fishing for gurnard is good, the fish are fat and in spawning mode. Blue cod and Tarakihi are in good numbers around Pipin Island in 20 – 30 meters.
Baitfish schools are becoming more concentrated and Kahawai work ups being sited more frequently. If the boat covers haven't been removed by now, they need to be. October / November in the Bay will see some of the best fishing seen in the country as the big red migration begins.
See you out there around Nelson.