Top Catch Tauranga
The harbour has had some reports of fish being caught, mostly around areas like Omokaroa and Te Puna. The early morning and late evening tides seem to be the most productive. Try to get all sorted for the last couple of hours of the tide as the bite is hard and fast!
Fishing the edges of the channels with the baits well away from the boat should get you fish. The snaps are in that 40-45cm range, with the odd trev thrown in the mix. The crews fishing over the sand (Matakana & Paps) are getting better results with every week, but the fish are moving around a bit, so those boats that are lure fishing are doing a little better than most!
That 10-20m bracket from Karewa to Wahi is a good place to start and if lure fishing, don’t be afraid to use a slightly heavier slow jig (100-150g) as they work better when they stay straight up and down! There’s a real mix bag out there too with snaps, trevs and even gurnard around (I got shown a pic of a 2kg carrot last week!). The kings are also around in big numbers. Most are on the smaller side, but they’re still great fun on light gear. However, at this time of year there will be those larger models out there too!
Jigging around the outer reefs or under those big kahawai schools is heaps of fun, and should produce fish. The tarakihi fishing is still all go, with most fishing in 50-60m (the deeper areas off Motiti are the favourite for most). The size of fish is on the bigger end of the scale too.
Out deep, the bluenose fishing has been fairly good for most. The 350-450m area seems to be the way to go (electrics all the way!). The gemmies are starting to thin out but it seems the ‘couta are taxing a few rigs though. Make sure you use black swivels and tell your fishing buddy to go down first just in case!
With the shop filling up with all new stock every day and with the season well underway, drop in and ask what, where and how!