Last week there was a 20lb snapper caught north of Mana in just twenty metres of water off the sand, and we boated an eighteen pounder just south of the Bridge in thirty metres off the foul. We’ve had some good mixed bags including trevs, blue cod, tarakihi, gurnard, warehou, john dory, butterfly perch and kingfish of various sizes.
Makara south is running well for trevs, snapper, and kingies from the boat in 20-30mtrs on the sand. Right now there’s a Spring gurnard run in the harbour. The top shore spots are Evans Bay, Greta Point, Sunshine Bay, Flat Rock, and beside Miramar Wharf, but Seatoun and Point Halswell are also producing.
For boaties, try Ward Island, Seatoun, Point Jenningham, and in front of Burnham Wharf. You can just about get gurnard anywhere in the harbour at the moment, and they are excellent eating. They tend to prefer fish bait to squid, so fresh kahawai, salted blue mackerel, skipjack etc. works well.
All standard rigs work pretty well on gurnard, recurved hooks and big sabikis are always good and pick up just about everything else as a bonus. Sometimes the smaller rigs make all the difference.
The bluenose are still running well out in the Trench, more so than any of the other deepwater species. Bass and ’puka are still around but not in big numbers at present. The hapuku are almost ready for their spawning break and tend to come back on around mid-October, but this species is prone to overfishing, so we all need to play our part limiting fish taken. Maybe one per person is a fair limit.
We’ll be heading out west as the winds are dropping right out and allowing you to access just about anywhere. Coming in from the north west will naturally mean a lot of shelter off the south coast though, and that means conditions off Turakirae Head, Palliser Bay, Cape Palliser and Wainui should be mint.