The water is warm, and when you can get out, there is some fantastic fishing happening.
It doesn't always mean the fishing is going to be easy, but if you do your homework or know the good areas to fish, you should catch a good feed at this time of the year.
Snapper and kingis are biting all over the place. The frustrating thing is they are full-on in an area one day, and if you go back the next day, they are gone. Fishing key reef areas have produced the most consistent results for us recently, particularly the 50-80mtr spots like Boom, Hunters, and Verns. All manner of species are getting caught: trevally, john dory, gurnard, tarakihi, blue cod, albacore, snaps and kings.
It's been kingfish mayhem off Oriental and Sunshine bays for slide-baiters of late. There were 30 rods out the other morning for 12 kingfish caught. Other places worth putting out livebaits and throwing out lures are: Greta Point (NIWA) and points north of there, Flat Rock, Point Halswell, Scorching Bay Point, Breaker Bay, Seatoun and Lowry Bay Point Snapper are also reasonably common for boat and shore anglers but not as good as out west.
Snapper and kingis have been around from the airport reef out to the 50mtr wreck. Trumpeter and 'puka have been caught on the 100-metre mark from Sinclair to Karori. Bluenose are still going well out from Homes Rock.
Some good spotty sharks and moki are still getting caught on the south coast. White Rock and Cape Palliser have both been good spots. Recent catches include a 25-30lb kingi caught on a hex wobbler at Breaker Bay, and a decent spotty shark caught at Greta.
If you'd like to chat more about fishing in the Wellington region, drop me a line on [email protected], 0274439750, or message me on Facebook.
I'm also running plenty of charters and have space during the week and on weekends for individuals and groups coming up. You can view my availability here.
Happy new year,