Tauranga Fishing Report - December 3rd, 2021

End of lockdown welcomed

Let’s look positive after the 100 plus days of lockdown for our poor Aucklanders and hopefully they will be allowed to visit down our way for a well-deserved break.

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Again, with this report, the temperature is increasing quite fast particularly with a fair amount of easterly winds. Last check only seven miles out showed 19.2 degrees C, water not really blue yet but some school fish starting to show in numbers further out from the coast in around 40 plus meters.

Flying fish also sighted in close along with more dolphins starting to be more prevalent.

A report received on Wednesday from a very reliable local fisher who does not stretch the truth stated that he had seen a great white shark estimated at four meters seven kilometres off Town Point, Maketu.

This sure backs up the recent sightings in the Tauranga harbour of nineteen different individuals from Tauranga to Bowentown.

On the shark note we have had sightings in Tauranga on the last two trips of bronze whalers on the edge of the main shipping channel, with one having a tag in it with a fair amount of growth observed on the actual tag.

To the fishing, the Middle Ground between the harbour entrance and Motiti Island has been “okay” with very nice sized tarakihi but not in big numbers and only a few snapper of pan size.

On a brighter note, a group fishing Pukehina in about fifty meters were using 1oz soft-bait jigheads and landed a 10kg snapper which they valiantly tried to release but to no avail. At least they tried for some time to revive the old fish.

The harbour again is producing some great trevally but I have not had any reports of the snapper side of things here.

Diving has still been great with nice clear water and a good number of crays seen including quite a few nice sized packhorse up to 4kgs - not huge but still an impressive display on the Xmas table!

Get those vaccines sorted and I hope to see you soon.

Russ Hawkins
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