With the recent onslaught of winds out west, the days at sea have been numbered. Good fishing continues from 35 out to 65 meters and beyond, with spring snapper still mostly hard on the bite. Sea surface temperatures are now reaching close to 18 degrees, so the smaller school snapper have appeared in good numbers in close around the 35-45 metre depths. Juicy sweet pannies – in double quick time – have been caught lately at those depths.
The better-sized fish have been getting caught in the 65-metre-plus depths due west. Although filling the bin is a bit slower, it’s worth it. The odd nice gurnard and trevally have also been making their way onto the ice as well.
The better snapper action has been found in the 35-65 metre mark.
Fresh kahawai are being caught in25 metres off the bar under the bird workups. When treated right – bled immediately and iced down – they make for great eating, but they also prove their worth as fresh-cut bait. I recommend scaling them and leaving the skin on, as this helps the bait survive multiple bites to yield the best results per drop.
The last trip out wide and deep was slow fishing on the ‘puka.
The weather looks good into next week too.
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