Over the last few weeks fishing has been getting better by the day, with both the West and South Coasts plus the Harbour showing clear signs of spring fishing.
On the South Coast, tarakihi and blue cod along with small groper, make up most of the catch with 17 Fathom Rise – Western Ledge and the reef off Lyall Bay in 35 – 40 metres of water, all having fished well. Gurnard are showing up with Fitzroy Bay and Lyall Bay along with the Harbour Entrance proving worth a try. These areas will only fish better and better as the days get longer.
Out wide, bluenose and groper have been patchy, with most fishos reporting tough fishing. Spring fishing in the Trench is usually very good so don’t give up; places worth a shot are out wide of Karori Rock - weather and tide dependant - or the leading edges into Palliser Bay. Fishing 240 metres, up to 260 meters for bluenose and groper or even closer to home try GPS spot 41-28-55 174-51-34 on an incoming tide, or on the outgoing tide try GPS spot 41-27-93 174-50-68 These are good spots for bluenose, bass and groper.
Along with the South Coast, the Harbour boat fishing has shown signs of improving with blue cod and tarakihi numbers well up, gurnard are showing up along with trevally and a few warehou. Places worth a try are Hope Shoal, Falcon Shoal or the Ledge off Point Gordon. There have been several reports of good catches of scallops and crayfish caught in the Harbour also.
Hunters Bank has been a real surprise with not only very good tarakihi fishing, but some good trevally, snapper and a few kingfish starting to show up. With the water being so clean, it’s not surprising to hear of snapper, kingfish and trevally being caught so early. Those fishos making the effort to anchor on the outer edges in and around 60 – 80 metres are reaping the rewards. A key factor here is the use of berley helping draw big numbers of tarakihi and trevally to the boat; along with the kingfish and snapper.
Other places starting to show sign of fishing well are the reef off Pukerua Bay in 40 – 50 metres, as well as the Northern and Southern ends of Mana Island and Hunters Bank. Anchor 2 hours before high and low water, and the use of berley will only improve your catch results. Flasher Rigs between 3/0 and 5/0 work well with strip baits. A good rig to use is Steve’s Fishing Shop’s Snapper Rig Green 5/0, or make sure your Flasher Rigs are strong and tough, if you tie your own use 50 – 80lb mono as anything less will only let you down.
Get out there and enjoy.