With the strong winds of recent from the east and then the west the fishing has been hard at times in the wind, but excellent other times if your in the right spot. NW of the harbour in both 38 meters and 54 meters saw some good catches of Snapper in the wind, with occasional plauges of Kahawhia (depending on opinion) and the odd big Gurnard present.
The last few days have seen the weather settle down to glorious conditions. A favourable new moon is welcome and depending on the tide the bite has been excellent but occasionally average to poor. It's just a matter of waiting for it to come one because it's worth it. The SW around 46 to 48 meters has seen good catches of Snapper after the high tide with the odd 10lb to 13lb in the mix of fat West Coast pannies. 20lb Snapper have been caught in close off the beaches so the big fish are on the move with the water temperature now over 18 degress. The Gurnard caught are also of a nice size and the odd one is difficult to get a hand around the head. The odd blue shark and Mako persisit with a decline in Barries and dog sharks
Bonito is still working best to get the bite going under the boat and keep it going, with fresh Kahawai slabs and squid going well once the fish are biting.
Tight lines, Murray Monds, Reel Action Raglan Ltd