Kingfish! Kingfish! Kingfish! Currently kingfish are the hottest fish around and are causing huge excitement with people out and about from both the shore, and boat, chasing them using live baits spinners, and trolled rigs. Wellington Harbour is absolutely fishing full on, with people chasing kingfish from the ever popular Oriental Bay Wall, and from the many rocks all around the harbour. The new X Rap Longcast lure is proving successful from the shore, and boaties are either live baiting, or using jigs, both large and small.
Snapper are also around in phenomenal numbers with many anglers catching their limit when the weather conditions allow a trip out. We are still dogged with gales from the north and the south and while it is fair to say it is not cold, the water temperatures are between two and four degrees colder than normal. This has certainly not affected the snapper and kingfish however the albacore tuna are pretty much absent, could be due to the weather not allowing people to get out fishing, or possibly the colder than normal water is keeping them away.
The weather is frustrating everyone, but the upside is that due to the weather keeping people from fishing, the pressure on the fishery is much reduced and when you can get out, there are subsequently far more fish to catch.
So the weather is what it is, no point just sitting at home moaning about it. I have put in the hard yards myself fishing in tough conditions and despite wind and rain, managed to land a 12 kg kingfish from the shore using a live bait. Trust me, when you hook that great fish, you forget all about the weather! We are expecting more settled weather in the coming months and one thing is for sure, the fish are out there waiting for us all.