How nice it is to have a real summer, with warmer water temperatures than normal. Along with the warmer water we have surprisingly had skip jack tuna caught along with albacore tuna. It is quite rare we get skippys in Wellington as catching skippys is totally water temperature dependant, and our local waters are usually too cold. Trolling lures off the back of Kapiti Island is certainly worth a fish if you want to have some fun with these little ballistic missiles.
Along with the warm weather, the kingfish fishermen are having a fantastic season whether it be at Kapiti Island, Mana, Makara or even in Wellington Harbour both on shore and boat fishing. Our friends the snapper have shown up in good numbers on the West Coast but have been a little bit patchy in the Harbour.
Traditionally the best snapper fishing in the Harbour is March and April. Terakihi fishing on both coasts has been amazing to say the least. Due to the really warm weather we are having, it is worth respecting what you catch and ensure you have ice, or even better, salt ice, and a chilli bin to look after your catch. With the next two to three months being the most desirable months for fishing, we have a lot to look forward to, so make sure you get out there and make the most of it, whether it is from the beach or boat! Cheers, Steve