What a difference a week makes, from an extended summer - to a week of true winter. South southwest flows with hail and rain, and in between these winter fronts we have some of the most stunning still crisp days, perfect for heading out wide to target hapuka and bluenose on the south and west coasts.
It is a great time of year to head to Karori Rock or the point off Ohau Bay for big cod and trumpeter, with a few snapper not uncommon, whilst fishing south of Makara. Shore based fishing is throwing up mixed bags of red cod, gurnard, skate, spotted sharks and moki.
The kahawai schools appear to be throughout the Harbour, and are all in great condition. If you manage to catch a kahawai or two, bleed them straight away, chuck them on ice to keep them in eating quality condition, and fire up the smoker when you get home. The smell of the smoke then the taste of the finished product is nice on a winter's afternoon washed down with a cold ale or glass of wine.
We will have more to report after the long weekend, when hopefully lots of us will be out fishing. Make sure you make the most of the weekend as I know I will be, and the weather isn't looking too bad.
Enjoy your break