Top of the South Fishing Report - 8/9/23

I have to admit I am a little bit out of the loop on the local fishing scene, having been overseas fishing in much warmer water over the last week, but since I have come back there is certainly a change in the air. The days are longer, temperatures have definitely increased and new growth on the trees certainly indicates warmer days are coming. Spring is the best time of the year for me, it indicates the return of the snapper back into Tasman Bay, Golden Bay, and the Marlborough Sounds, plus the retreat of the spikey dogs! 

There have not been a lot of people fishing over the last couple of weeks, September is not the best month for fishing in the top of the south as it is the change of seasons, and the fishing can be much tougher. However, it is also a great time of the year to get the boat and gear ready for the new season of fishing and ensure you are 100% set for the summer fishing ahead.  

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Over recent years in the top of the south, the snapper fishery seems to be improving year on year and I am really hoping this year is no different. I am probably very similar to many of the folk out there that are already starting to get very excited about the season that lies ahead. I will be trying to get out as much as I can, and hopefully others can too.   

I have heard reports of lots of dolphins and gannets working out off Okiwi Bay at the moment, which is what happens at the start of the season.  So, it will not be too far away from the snapper being caught in the deeper waters of Tasman and Golden Bays, and then the fun will begin!  


Dan Govier 

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