Autumn fishing is still cranking, with some nice snapper and gurnard being caught. There are still a few kingfish around as well as heaps of kahawai in Wellington Harbour for both the boaties and the shore fishos.
Out on both the West and South Coasts, the tarakihi fishing has been very good, to say the least, along with some excellent deep water groper fishing, with groper up to thirty kgs being caught. Anglers fishing out wide for those deep water species (groper, bluenose and bass) will find them playing a bigger part of their catch now that the water is cooling down. Often caught as well are the excellent eating Hoki and Ling, which are bycatch of fishing for those popular deep water fish. We are noticing a lot more anglers starting to jig for Groper, Bluenose and Bass as opposed to the more traditional bait methods. Some devious, cunning anglers are using large jigs such as the 500 – 700 gram Squid Wings as their sinker with a couple of baited hooks above and have found this rig is working well.
As the seasons are changing now, we will have to change our fishing tactics and start fishing for blue cod, tarakihi, warehou and the elusive trumpeter for the inshore fisherman. We are still enjoying some lovely weather in between some wintery squalls, so when the weather is good, take the chance to head out and enjoy some great fishing.