This is the time of year to get out there and take advantage of some great fishing. Most fish are looking to put on their winter coats now, and are in great condition for catching and eating.
Shore fishermen have been having a ball with lovely snapper, trevally and moki being caught on all coasts, with reasonable sized gurnard being caught when the weather is settled and the water is clean.
Rig (spotted shark) fishing has been fantastic in the Harbour with lots of fish in the 5-8 kg range. These are an awesome sports fish and will put up a good fight for the surf fishos. Rig make great homemade fish and chips if gutted, finned and kept on ice.
Boat fishing has been equally as good with big numbers of snapper, trevally and kingfish being taken by a lot of anglers, again on all coasts. The albacore and skip jack tuna are still hanging around out there, with lovely fish up to 18kg being taken in the last couple of weeks. The south coast is a bit hit and miss at the moment, with anglers going out one day getting some solid bluenose and a few trumpeters, then getting nothing the next. This should start to improve in the next couple of months which should also see a few warehou turning up in the colder water.
Enjoy your fishing, and may the weather keep being kind.