Out west, I've had numerous reports of multiple kingfish hooked/caught/released. Hunters and North End of Kapiti have been mentioned, but I'm sure places like Boom, Makara, the 78-metre rise, Fishermans and other places will have kingis hanging about.
It is worth trying deeper areas at this time of the year; 60-80 metres is a good depth, but fish will be down to 150 meters. Long jigs have been great, but for a real monster, I would favour a big kahawai livebait put down to the bottom on 200lb trace and 130lb braid.
Snapper have been caught up and down the coast but again deep is better. Try the 60-80 meter tarakihi reefs from Makara to Pukerua bay. Try 'sliding' slow jigs like kaburas – you may need 120-150g to get down. The good thing is about the lures is the spiney dogs don't like them so much. I've had good reports of fish in 20-40 meters too, but there are bigger numbers in the deeper stuff.
At Foxton, the 40-metre mark has been good on kings, snaps and gurnard. Bluenose fishing in the trench has gone BOOM. Limit bags have been common last week with a lot of small fish off Wainui' bluenose heaven' in 180 meters – 3-6kg. If you go deeper, there will be some much bigger ones around. Some people have been fishing 300-350 meters with success.
Tarakihi, blue cod (on the reef), trevally and gurnard (on the sand) have been pretty good at most 15-40 meter spots up and down the South and West Coasts. The airport reef and Turakerei on the South Coast, Verns, the south end of Mana and Tecam reef all have had good fishing on the west. I was out on the harbour yesterday, and the gurnard were on the bite off Seatoun in 10 meters, and I even caught a couple of snapper as well. I've heard Point Howard wharf car park has been quite good for moki recently too. The hapuku should still be having a last feed before the September spawning run.
As soon as the weather comes right, I strongly suggest you go and give your favourite haunts a go because the fish are biting well.
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