What a windy period we are just coming out of! The winds look light from Wednesday to Friday so get ready for a few good days out on the water. With northerlies forecasted on Saturday and southerlies on Sunday, there will be plenty of opportunities to wet a line off the shore or boat.
Anything can happen this time of year.
1. Albacore should be around the 100m + marks out west and south. Hapuku spots often have albacore around them at this time of the year so it’s worth having some tuna lures in your kit.
2. ‘Puka, bass and bluenose – the trench is fishing alright when you can get out, particularly for bluenose. There are good numbers of small to medium fish south of Baring Head with bigger ones on the far side spots.
The woba has bass on it, and gem fish and tope have been common bycatches at most spots.
The ‘puka fishing out west is good. Most spots are producing jude fish at present on the turn of the tide. We have been fishing Makara – Ohau with good results lately. The snapper and tarakihi are around in good numbers.
3. Snapper – they are widespread up and down the west coast now. I’m picking that limit bags and 20lbers should be reported soon. Fishing on the sand or reef (25-70m) with the help of berley or by slowing drifting over hotspots will produce fish.
On the south coast, the Airport Reef and east of Sinclair Head (35-45m) have been producing nice snapper, and in good numbers occasionally.
Surfcasters have had success with snapper in Palliser bay, the harbour and out west, with 3-4 fish around 7-8kg caught last weekend off the shore.
4. Tarakihi and other species – out west it’s been Boom Rock (50-70m), Makara (25m), Verns (70m) and south of the bridge (40m) which have been firing. Multiple species have been caught, including JDs, trevs, warehou, bluecod and gurnard.
5. Kingfish – it’s going well in the harbour for landbased anglers. Lures and live and dead baits have all been producing fish up to 20kg over the last week. Live mackerel and slidebaiting have been the best methods. Oriental bay, Sunshine Bay, Greta Point and Flat Rock have all produced good fish up to around 20kg.
In the boat, places like Hunters, the north end of Kapiti, Aeroplane Island, Fishermans, Wiraka Rise, Ohau and Boom, as well as Ward Island, the Wreck, Point Halswell, Jenningham and Barrera reef could all produce solid numbers of kingfish at this time of year.
If you want to catch a kingy, use your heaviest tackle with good drag and put a livey or two out.
Good luck if you’re fishing the Charity Fishing Comp at Petone this weekend. There are shore and boat sections and over 50k worth of prizes up for grabs.
Fishing Charters – we have a bit of room Thursday/Friday if anyone’s keen on a four or six hour trip and possibly have space Saturday night as well.