Tauranga Fishing Report - 18/04/24

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The summer crowd has diminished and the cruise ship season ends very shortly so it is sort of back to ‘normal’ with the fishing good on most days, but you have to pick your times.

A prime example has been the inner harbour fishing where I have mentioned in the past that the last hour or two of the change of tides can be the best. This proved to be the case this week when fishing by myself. In a short space of time, I landed two kahawai and three good-sized trevally and lost some good fish right at the boat with the current making the solo landing net attempts pretty awkward. It was a great couple of hours with a good number of hits on a long-running trace and a double hook rig. The snapper are still in the harbour entrance and further up in the shallows with three very large snapper that were netted and released with broken traces hanging from their jaws after the mono was trimmed off.

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Out further the skipjack are around 12 miles offshore so get in quick as they will presumably move on very soon as the water cools. The tarakihi fishing still seems to be going well after a bit of a search with most fish being caught in the deeper water around 70 to 80 meters and they are of a good size. I have not heard anything on the big game fishing side but don’t give up. In the past we have caught two striped marlin – one landed and one released – in early May. The blue water seems to have gone from in close and the temperature is still at 19 degrees so perhaps looking a little further could make a keen angler’s day.

The deep fishing for bluenose and gemfish still seems to be going well but I have not personally heard of any bass or hapuku being landed. On the diving side, the crayfish will soon be going into berry/eggs (usually early June through until sometimes early October) so be aware when making that grab so as not to cause any unnecessary injury to the future stocks.

The forecast locally shows some rain and wind for Saturday with winds easing Sunday so let’s think positively. There is always a bit of harbour fishing nice and handy that might get you a nice variety of great seafood.


Russ Hawkins

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