Raglan Fishing Report - December 16th, 2021

  • North Island West Coast

Snapper fishing getting patchy

With the marine heatwave upon us now for the past week or two, the fishing has certainly become more patchy.

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If you keep moving around you have been able to get onto patches of nice West Coast pannies or bigger that are still doing the last of the spawning. All the typical depths and beyond both north and south have been generally slow.

While the odd good fish is still being caught and reports of some good bin-ups at 50 meters in the evening it’s now back to being less of a certainty. There are bigger patches of kahawai appearing in the 40 metre region north with snapper blow them if you can endure the plague above.

Out in the 50-60 metre range there’s also still good gurnard to be caught too with some boats reporting better gurnard than snapper catches. There’s still the odd dogfish and barracouda there too, which shows the sign of a healthy fishery. Mako sharks are also turning up now, which is typical of the water sea surface temperatures.

The reefs are still fishing well with the kingfish already showing signs of being weary of boat noises.

The fishing out deeper has continued to be going well with the boats like Venturi out there doing well at their favourite secret marks.

No reports of marlin or tuna yet….but they have been seen just a little north so not long now.

Murray Monds
Reel Action Raglan Charters
Ph  027 903 0312

Reel Action – Fishing – Home Grown Travel

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