The lead up to and around the recent full moon saw the fishing get a little harder than usual for October, especially compared to the weeks prior.
Catches reported and experienced due west of Raglan fell away with slow fishing experienced by many in amongst reports of fast bin ups.
Good catches of West Coast "school" snapper, with a couple of healthy gurnard thrown in were still reported and experienced either a bit more north or south of due west in fifty to sixty meters, especially near the small workups starting to appear.
The key was to find the snapper sign hard on the bottom feeding without to much bait fish sign around them.
A drop of a slow jig or vertical jig when baitfish towers came through also resulted in an almost instant catch of large yellowtail (80gm slow jig) or kahawai (300gm mechanical vertical jig). It pays to be ready with the jig gear and to keep an eye on the sounder for when the bait schools came through as some big knocks were felt.
A couple of bits of structure also produced a few kingfish for the keener charterers on the mechanical vertical jigs, which is always exciting and tasty.
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