Although the snapper and kingie fishing closer to Auckland has ranged from patchy to abysmal, there are better fish on offer wider afield.
This time of year we primarily livebait for kingfish, and we’ve been grabbing our mackerel on the way out around Rakino and the Noises. Over the past few weeks, the usual reefs such as Anchorite have been plagued with rat kingfish and bronze whaler sharks. Exciting for some, but not great for putting fish in the bin!
Thankfully, the weather has played ball allowing us to head out towards Great Barrier and the Mokes to tangle with some nice fish. Bite times have been reasonably short, and getting an early start always helps with the kings – particularly if you’re into topwater.
Better kingfish have been testing the mettle of anglers at Great Barrier Island.
We’ve been nabbing plenty of solid snapper on the livies, although lure fishing for Auckland’s staple fish has been predictably slow given the warm water. A bit of workup action has been happening around the top of Coromandel, and it’s always worth dropping a line when the gannets are bombing.
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