The summer of fishing that keeps on giving.
We are still having a great run of fish with many summer species still around in reasonable numbers. Most anglers that are heading out to target snapper and trevally are having great success whether it be from the shore or off the boat, with all coasts producing good numbers of fish. The fish are in great condition too, with layers of fat left on your filleting knife.
The West Coast is fishing well from both boat and shore, with nice snapper up to 19lb being taken. A lot of fish are being found in deeper water than previously, with 50 – 80 metres being the best range for tarakihi, cod and snapper at this time of year. From the shore is a bit more of a challenge because you need to wade through a few red cod and carpet sharks to find the snapper, perseverance will pay off as there are solid snapper in amongst them. Hapuka fishing should get better and better from now on in, if you put the time in and head out wide to the usual areas like Fisherman's Rock, 78 Metre Rise and the likes.
The South Coast has been a bit harder with frustrating swells of around one to two metres hampering the fishing efforts. Having said that, if you are in a position to drop everything and go when the swells drop, the fishing has been great with awesome snapper, cod and tarakihi being caught, with the largest I have seen being an 8kg snapper caught by Steve Reed. The surfcasting has been good too with snapper coming off the open beaches along with lots of big kahawai up to 3kg, and the odd elephant fish and big moki.
Harbour fishing is particularly good around Somes and Ward Islands, and the various wrecks with snapper, tarakihi and trevally being taken. There are still a few big kingfish around for those making the effort to live bait. Straylining is working great at the moment with small, or even no sinkers, and strips of fresh squid on 4/0 hooks. This time of year try burlying a little less and be prepared to wait a bit between bites. This will hopefully limit attracting less desirable fish like spiny dogfish and red cod.
Here is a nice Lake Ferry snapper caught by me last week.
Make sure you get out there and get stuck into some of this great late summer fishing we are having.
All the best, Felix