There is some amazing fishing to be had in Northland this time of year, with big fat moocher snapper hanging around virtually everywhere! We fished out over the sand on Saturday – variable winds meant we were able to get away with ¼ oz jigheads and 7” soft baits. Casting out over the sand produced lovely fish up to 8kgs with a solid feed of fat snapper, kahawai and trevally. Target early morning, long drifts and change up your colours until you find a colour that’s working. We found great success with Bruised Banana and Pink Shine.
The Mangawhai bar has been safe to cross and fishos have been taking full advantage of it, with some really nice fat snapper holding in close over the reef structure. Setting up at anchor with a big thick berley trail running back over the structure has been working well lately, with a lot of people running one salmon berley on top and our potent Depth Charger berley halfway down in a wobbly pot. Unweighted baits seem to be key, or as minimal weight as possible as the fish can be really finicky on the bite and any sense of something out of the ordinary sets them off. The softbaiting over the sand in the shallows has been firing well too, with natural coloured baits getting the more consistent fish and the odd big fish is falling victim to a nicely presented plastic. Huge amounts of kingfish are hanging wide of Mangawhai, keeping an eye out for petrel birds working on the surface is a sure sign of baitfish and hungry yellow-tailed missiles below.